I study why people engage in counterproductive behavior at work. My research shows that the modern changes in the conditions of work (e.g., abundance, power, hierarchical and international mobility, and alienation) can have unexpected negative social consequences and points to ways of managing these problems through organizational action.
2015 Lee, Pitesa, Thau, Pillutla. When beauty helps and when it hurts: An organizational context theory of attractiveness discrimination in selection decisions. Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes
2015 Lee, Pitesa, Thau, Pillutla. Discrimination in selection decisions: Integrating stereotype fit and interdependence theories. Academy of Management Journal
2015 Thau, Derfler-Rozin, Pitesa, Mitchell, Pillutla. Unethical for the sake of the group: Risk of social exclusion and pro-group unethical behavior. Journal of Applied Psychology
2014 Pitesa, Thau. A Lack of material resources causes harsher moral judgments. Psychological Science
2013 Pitesa, Thau, Pillutla. Cognitive control and socially desirable behavior: The role of interpersonal impact. Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes
2013 Pitesa, Thau. Compliant sinners, obstinate saints: How power and self-focus determine the effectiveness of (un)ethical social influences. Academy of Management Journal
2013 Pitesa, Thau. Masters of the universe: How power and accountability influence self-serving decisions under moral hazard. Journal of Applied Psychology