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Dr. Tracey

Bruce Tracey

Professor of Management, Cornell University's School of Hotel Administration

Dr. Bruce Tracey is a Professor of Management at Cornell University's School of Hotel Administration. Since joining the faculty in 1992, he has taught courses in strategic and human resources management and leadership for undergraduate, graduate, executive, and online audiences throughout the world.

Dr. Tracey's research examines a wide range of topics, including factors that influence the effectiveness of training and development initiatives, the nature and roles of flexible HR systems, causes and costs of employee turnover, scale and measurement development, and HR implications for legal compliance.

Dr. Tracey has presented his work at numerous regional, national, and international conferences, and his research has been published in diverse outlets such as the Journal of Applied Psychology, the Journal of Management, the Cornell Hospitality Quarterly, the International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management, and the University of Pennsylvania Journal of Labor and Employment Law.

Dr. Tracey's sponsors for research, consulting, and executive training include the American Hotel and Lodging Association, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, Hilton Worldwide, Marriott International, Mövenpick Hotels and Resorts, the Kessler Collection, Blue Hill Farm, Hillstone Restaurant Group, Uno Chicago Grill, among other companies, and he has been cited in USA Today, the New York Times, Fast Company, Powder Magazine, Times-Picayune/nola.com, Orlando Sentinel, wgbh.org, ehotelier.com, and other popular press and online outlets.

Dr. Tracey is also serving as a second-term Editor of the Cornell Hospitality Quarterly, and is the Vice President for the International Network of Business and Management Journals, which promotes professional development for emerging scholars.

Please visit http://www.cornell.edu for more information.

Dr. Tracey can be contacted at +1 607-255-8555 or jbt6@cornell.edu

Coming up in November 2019...

Architecture & Design: Biophilic Design

The hospitality industry is constantly evolving to meet and exceed guest expectations. As a result, hotels are always on the lookout for new ways to improve the guest experience, and architecture and design is an essential part of this equation. Bold design is often the most effective way to make an exceptional first impression - an impression guests use to distinguish between brands. One design trend that is being embraced worldwide has become known as “Biophilic Design.” Biophilic design is based on the concept of biophilia, which is the theory that human beings have an innate tendency to seek out nature, natural elements, and natural forms. Biophilic design is more than hotels simply adding a surplus of plants; it involves incorporating specific design elements into a hotel in order to imbue it with a sense of wellness and well-being. Some of those elements include exposure to natural lighting; views of nature and rooms with a view; natural architectural patterns; salvaged or reclaimed woods of all types; reclaimed metals; sustainably sourced stone; living green walls and vertical gardens; and direct and indirect exposure to nature. Hotels that have incorporated biophilic design into their properties are reaping the benefits associated with this trend including reduced stress responses, better air quality, lower energy costs, and more positive guest reviews. Biophilic design has also been shown to improve guest moods and to satisfy consumer demand for environmental responsibility. Savvy hotel owners and managers are aware that nature-inspired elements enhance their guests' comfort and well-being, which is why this trend is becoming so prevalent. Biophilic design is just one topic in the fields of hotel architecture and design that will be examined in the November issue of the Hotel Business Review.