Chester Spell, Ph.D.
Professor of Management
Office: BSB 225
Phone: (856) 225-6922
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Ph.D. Georgia Institute of Technology

Chester S. Spell is a professor of management at Rutgers University. His major interests include behavioral health and well-being in organizations, especially psychological health. Past research projects have investigated organizational justice and employee mental health, the adoption of employee substance abuse programs, and the connection between social structure in groups and health. His work has appeared in publications such as the Academy of Management Journal, the Journal of Applied Psychology, the Journal of Management, Personnel Psychology, and the Journal of Organizational Behavior.

Research Interests: Behavioral health & Well-being in organizations

Courses Taught: Organizational Theory and Design (Undergraduate, Professional MBA); Organizational Behavior Leadership (Undergraduate and MBA, Professional MBA); Principles of Management (Undergraduate); Human Resource Management (Undergraduate and MBA); Compensation (developed new course for Undergraduate and MBA); Employee Health and Well-being (developed new course as part of Business Leader Development Program); Research Methods and Statistics (Undergraduate and MBA)

Representative Publications:

  • Marko, M., Gilman, L., Vasulingam, S., Miliskievic, M., & Spell, C. (forthcoming) Leadership Lessons from the Titanic and Concordia Disasters. Journal of Management History.
  • Griffith, T., Spell, C., & Bezrukova, K. (2019). The impact of artificial intelligence on self-employment. The Centre for Research on Self-Employment (CSRE): Strategic vision for the future of work. London, UK. Online at
  • Mukherjee, S., Spell, C.S. and Baveja, A., (2017). Mathematical Equivalence of ‘Racial Match Index’ and ‘Representativeness’ Measures. SSRN Electronic Journal. Available at SSRN: or
  • Bezrukova, K., Spell, C.S., Perry, J., and Jehn, K.A.  (2016). A Meta-Analytical Integration of 40 Years of Research on Diversity Training. Psychological Bulletin. 142, 1227-1274
  • Bezrukova, K., Spell, C.S., Caldwell, D. & Burger, J. A. (2016). Multilevel Perspective on Faultlines: Differentiating the Effects between Group- and Organizational-level Faultlines. Journal of Applied Psychology 101, 86-107. 
  • Pham, T., Metoyer, R., Bezrukova, K., and Spell, C.S. (2014). Visualization of Cluster Structure and Separation in Multivariate Mixed Data: A Case Study of Diversity Faultlines in Work Teams. Computers & Graphics. 38, 117-130. DOI: 10.1016/j.cag.2013.10.009
  • Bezrukova, Thatcher, S.H.M., K. Jehn, K., & Spell, C. (2012). The effects of alignments: Examining group faultlines, organizational cultures, and performance. Journal of Applied Psychology, 97, 77-92. DOI: 10.1037/a0023684
  • Bezrukova, K. Jehn, K., & Spell. C. (2012). Reviewing Diversity Training: Where We Have Been and Where We Should Go. Academy of Management Learning and Education, 11(2), 207-227. DOI: 10.5465/amle.2008.0090
  • Spell, C., Bezrukova, K., Haar, J. & Spell, C.J. (2011). Faultlines, Fairness, and Fighting: A Justice Perspective on Conflict in Diverse Groups. Small Group Research, 42, 309-340. DOI: 10.1177/1046496411402359
  • Bezrukova, K, Spell, C. & Perry, J. (2010). Violent splits or healthy divides? Coping with injustice through faultlines. Personnel Psychology, 63, 719–751. DOI: 10.1111/j.1744-6570.2010.01185.x
  • Spell, C. & Bezrukova, K. (2010). A Question of balance? Women, men and high performance organizations. Travail, Genre et Société, 23,193-201.
  • Spell, C. & Arnold, T. (2007). A multi-level analysis of organizational justice climate, structure and employee mental health. Journal of Management, 33,724-751. DOI: 10.1177/0149206307305560
  • Spell, C., & Arnold, T. (2007). An appraisal perspective of justice, structure, and job control as antecedents of psychological distress. Journal of Organizational Behavior, 28, 729-751
  • Arnold, T. & Spell, C. (2006). The relationship between justice and benefits satisfaction. Journal of Business and Psychology. 20, 599-620. DOI: 10.1002/job.441
  • Spell, C. & Blum, T. (2005). The adoption of workplace substance abuse programs: Strategic Choice and institutional perspectives. Academy of Management Journal, 48, 1125-1142. DOI: 10.5465/amj.2005.19573113
  • Chaudhuri, A. Chakrabarty, G. & Spell, C. (2002). Information structure and contractual choice in franchising. Journal of Institutional and Theoretical Economics, 158, 638-663. DOI: 10.1628/0932456022975204
Media Guide
Dr. Chester Spell, professor of management at the Rutgers School of Business—Camden; regularly teaches the courses Human Resource Management, Compensation, and Organizational Behavior. He can discuss:

Disability Issues:

  • Employee mental health
  • Workplace substance abuse treatment programs
  • Employee assistance programs
  • Work-family programs

Human Resources:

  • Employee mental health
  • Workplace substance abuse treatment programs
  • Employee assistance programs
  • Work-family programs