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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. Her scholarship brings a strategic human resource management perspective to the interplay of human capital and the broader social and organizational contexts in which it is developed and employed. Her recent areas of focus have included star performers, alignment of HR systems and business strategy, and process-based perspectives of HR system design and implementation. 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 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. She is currently an Associate Editor at Personnel Psychology.

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 R Kehoe. 2020. 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 . in press
  • 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.