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Rebecca Kehoe
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Rebecca Kehoe

Assoc Prof, Human Resource Studies
Human Resource Studies


Rebecca Kehoe is an Associate Professor of Human Resource Studies in the ILR School at Cornell University. She conducts research in the area of strategic human resource management, with an interest in better understanding how and when organizations achieve human resource-based competitive advantage. Within this focus, she examines questions related to the strategic alignment of firms’ HR investments, the role of line managers in HR practice design and implementation, and the role of star performers in shaping the learning and performance outcomes of their peers and employing organizations. Her research has appeared in Academy of Management Journal, Strategic Management Journal, Journal of Applied Psychology, Journal of Management, Personnel Psychology, and ILR Review. She is a former Associate Editor at Personnel Psychology. Additionally, she has served as a representative-at-large and on the leadership track for the Strategic Human Capital Interest Group within Strategic Management Society and on the executive committee for the HR Division of the Academy of Management (AOM). She is currently on the officer track for the HR Division of AOM.

She holds a Ph.D., M.S., and B.S. from Cornell University. Prior to joining the faculty of the ILR School, she served on the faculty of Rutgers University. She has taught courses in Human Resource Management and Business Strategy.


Journal Articles

  • Rebecca Kehoe, Rhett Brymer, Joseph (JR) H. Keller, Joonyoung Kim. . Hiring by professional affiliation: The benefits and challenges of leveraging prospective hires’ prior employment ties to improve matching and access to resources, Personnel Psychology . In press
  • Rebecca Kehoe, David G , W F Cascio. . Simply the Best? Star Performers and High Potential Employees: Critical Reflections and a Path Forward for Research and Practice, Personnel Psychology . In press
  • Joseph (JR) H. Keller, Rebecca R. Kehoe, Matthew Bidwell, David Collings, Adam Myer. 2021. In with the old? Examining when boomerang employees outperform new hires, Academy of Management Journal . 64:1648-1653.
  • Frederick Scott Bentley, Rebecca Kehoe, Hyesook Chung. 2021. Investing for keeps: Firms’ prepandemic investments in human capital decreased workforce reductions associated with COVID-19 financial pressures, Journal of Applied Psychology . 106:1785-1804.
  • Rebecca R Kehoe. 2021. Revisiting the concepts of vertical and horizontal fit in HRM: What we know, what we don’t know, and where we might go, Academy of Management Perspectives . 35:175-180.
  • Rebecca R. Kehoe, Frederick Scott Bentley. 2021. Shadows and shields: Stars limit their collaborators’ exposure to attributions of both credit and blame, Personnel Psychology . 74:573-610.
  • Frederick Scott Bentley, Rebecca R Kehoe. 2020. Give them some slack – they’re trying to change! The benefits of excess cash, excess employees, and increased human capital in the strategic change context, Academy of Management Journal . 63(1):181-204.
  • Rebecca R Kehoe, Joo H Han. 2020. An expanded conceptualization of line managers’ involvement in human resource management, Journal of Applied Psychology . 105(2):111-129.
  • Joo Hun Han, Saehee Kang, In-Sue Oh, Rebecca Kehoe, David P Lepak. 2019. The Goldilocks effect of strategic human resource management? Optimizing the benefits of a High-Performance work system through the dual alignment of vertical and horizontal fit, Academy of Management Journal . 62(5):1388-1412.
  • Frederick Scott Bentley, Ingrid S Fulmer, Rebecca R Kehoe. 2019. Payoffs for layoffs? An examination of CEO relative pay and firm performance surrounding layoff announcements, Personnel Psychology . 72(1):81-106.
  • Rebecca R Kehoe, David P Lepak, Frederick Scott Bentley. 2018. Let’s call a star a star: Task performance, external status, and exceptional contributors in organizations, Journal of Management . 44(5):1848-1872.
  • Rebecca R Kehoe, Christopher Collins. 2017. Human resource management and unit performance in knowledge-intensive work, Journal of Applied Psychology . 102(8):1222-1236.
  • Christopher Collins, Rebecca R Kehoe. 2017. Examining strategic fit and misfit in the management of knowledge workers, Industrial and Labor Relations Review . 70(2):308-335.
  • Rebecca R Kehoe, Daniel Tzabbar. 2015. Lighting the way or stealing the shine? An examination of the duality in star scientists’ effects on firm innovative performance, Strategic Management Journal . 36(5):709-727.
  • Daniel Tzabbar, Rebecca R Kehoe. 2014. Can opportunity emerge from disarray? An examination of exploration and exploitation following star scientist turnover, Journal of Management . 40(2):449-482.
  • Rebecca R Kehoe, Patrick M Wright. 2013. The impact of High-Performance human resource practices on employees’ attitudes and behaviors, Journal of Management . 39(2):366-391.