The Chancellor’s Award for Research Excellence is given annually to a WSU Vancouver faculty member whose research quality and quantity are exemplary, and whose work has had a positive influence on the broader community. It is the university’s highest research honor.
Professor of Management, College of Business
Thomas Tripp, who has taught at Washington State University Vancouver since 1991, examines issues of justice within organizations. His pioneering research on revenge and retaliation in the workplace helped to bring conflict management into management curricula.
The subject of workplace revenge—any reaction to a workplace where people don’t feel valued—became part of mainstream management studies in part thanks to a book Tripp published with R.J. Bies: “Getting Even: The truth about workplace revenge—and how to stop it.” He has also written dozens of scholarly articles and book chapters. Recently, he has explored how companies can prevent or reduce online complaints and respond after an online complaint has been received.
Tripp is equally committed to teaching and service as well as research. He has consulted on workplace issues with organizations and management executives. He won the Students’ Award for Teaching Excellence at WSU Vancouver in 2000, the College of Business teaching award three times, and the Sahlin Faculty Excellence Award for Instruction throughout the WSU system in 2010.
He has been active in leadership positions both on campus and beyond. At the Academy of Management, he helped raise the profile of the Conflict Management Division. In addition, Tripp currently serves on several prestigious editorial boards.