Michele Swift

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2751 SW Jefferson Way
Corvallis, OR 97331
Ph.D., Organization Management, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO, 2007.
M.S., Human Resources & Industrial Relations, University of Oregon, 1997.

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College of Business
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Michele Swift is an Instructor of Management and currently teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in professional development and human resource (HR) management. She is the faculty advisor for the Management/SHRM Student Club, serves as the liaison between the Management program and student engagement, and is active on several university and college committees. Prior to joining academia, she spent over ten years in HR and consulting where she managed HR self-service implementation projects, assisted with business case development, counseled managers on employee relations issues, provided recruitment and placement services, and managed payroll and workers compensation. She received her Ph.D. in Organization Management from University Colorado Boulder and her Masters in HRIR from the University of Oregon, and is also an active member of the Society for Human Resource Management and Academy of Management. Her current research interests include the motivation for employees to share their knowledge, the relationship between knowledge sharing and creativity, and human resource management practices for knowledge workers. She also has a special interest in the factors that influence persons with disabilities willingness to request accommodation.


  • Oregon State University, Instructor, Management, 2015 - Present
  • Oregon State University, Assistant Professor, Management, 2007 – 2015
  • California State University Bakersfield, Lecturer, 2006 – 2007
  • University of Colorado Boulder, Ph.D. Student, Instructor, and Research Assistant, 2002 – 2006
  • Cedar, Project Manager/Consultant, 1997 – 2002
  • Western Pneumatics, Human Resources/Payroll, 1994 – 1995
  • Lane County Medical Society, Placement Director, 1993 – 1994
  • Baxter Healthcare Corporation, Human Resource Coordinator, 1991 – 1993
  • Talent Tree Personnel Services, Personnel Consultant, 1988 – 1991

Professional Affiliations:

  • Academy of Management
  • Institute for Operations Research and Management Sciences
  • Society for Human Resource Management

Honors and Awards:

  • Best Reviewer, OB Division, Academy of Management Conference (2009).
  • "Top Prof", Mortar Board Senior Honor Society (2008).
  • Dissertation Proposal Award, Academy of Management HR Division/Society of Human Resource Management (2006).
  • Western Academy of Management nomination for Best Student Paper, Western Academy of Management (2006).
  • Research Fellowships, Leeds School of Business, University of Colorado at Boulder (2003, 2005, 2006).

Courses Taught:

  • BA 453  Human Resource Management
  • BA 352  Managing Individual and Team Performance
  • BA 352H Honors Organizational Behavior
My Publications

Journal Articles


M. Swift and Virick, M., Creating Relational Capital through Knowledge Sharing, Western Academy of Management Regional Meeting. Missoula, MT, 2007.

M. Swift, Encouraging the Transfer of Exploratory Knowledge, Western Academy of Management Regional Meeting. Long Beach, CA, 2006.

D. B. Balkin and Swift, M., Top Managment Team Compensation in New Ventures, Southern Management Association Regional Meeting. South Carolina, 2005.