Marko Pitesa

Assistant Professor

Management & Organization
4508 Van Munching Hall

Marko Pitesa is an Assistant Professor in the Management & Organization Department at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business. He teaches Managing People and Organizations in the undergraduate program. His research investigates 1) employees’ tendency to adhere to versus deviate from organizational policies, 2) discrimination in selection decisions based on candidates’ social group membership, and 3) factors that promote coordination in organizations, such as trust and effective communication. His research has appeared in Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Applied Psychology, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, and Psychological Science. He serves as an editorial board member of Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes.

Journal Articles

1.   Lee, S. Y., Pitesa, M., Thau, S., & Pillutla, M.M. Discrimination in selection decisions: Integrating stereotype fit and interdependence theories. Academy of Management Journal. Forthcoming.

2.   Thau, S., Derfler-Rozin, R., Pitesa, M., Mitchell, M., Pillutla, M.M. Unethical for the sake of the group: Risk of social exclusion and pro-group unethical behavior. Journal of Applied Psychology. Forthcoming.

3.   Pitesa, M., & Thau, S. (2014). Lack of material resources causes harsher moral judgments. Psychological Science. 25(3), 702–710.

4.   Pitesa, M., Thau, S., & Pillutla, M.M. (2013). Cognitive control and socially desirable behavior: The role of interpersonal impact. Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes. 122(2), 232–243.

5.   Pitesa, M., & Thau, S. (2013). Compliant sinners, obstinate saints: How power and self-focus determine the effectiveness of (un)ethical social influences. Academy of Management Journal. 56(3), 635–658.

6.   Pitesa, M., & Thau, S. (2013). Masters of the universe: How power and accountability influence self-serving decisions under moral hazard. Journal of Applied Psychology. 98(3), 550–558.


Book Chapters

1.   Thau, S., PitesaM., & Pillutla, M.M. Experiments in organizational behavior. In M. Webster & J. Sell (Eds.), Laboratory experiments in the social sciences (pp. 433–450). Boston, MA: Elsevier.

2.   Pitesa, M. (2013). The psychology of unethical behavior in the finance industry. In P. O'Sullivan (Ed.), From hubris to disgrace: The philosophy, politics and economics of finance in the early 21st century (Forthcoming). London, England: Routledge.

3.   Pitesa, M. (2012). Employee surveillance and the modern workplace. In P. O'Sullivan, M. Esposito, & M. Smith (Eds.), Business ethics: A critical approach: Integrating ethics across the business world (pp. 206–219). London, England: Routledge.