I study why people engage in counterproductive behavior at work. My research shows that modern changes in the conditions of work (e.g., abundance, power, mobility, and alienation) can have unexpected negative social consequences and points to ways of managing these problems through organizational action.
Lee, S. Y., Pitesa, M., Thau, S., & Pillutla, M.M. (2015). When beauty helps and when it hurts: An organizational context theory of attractiveness discrimination in selection decisions. Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes. Forthcoming.
Lee, S. Y., Pitesa, M., Thau, S., & Pillutla, M.M. (2015). Discrimination in selection decisions: Integrating stereotype fit and interdependence theories. Academy of Management Journal. Forthcoming.
Thau, S., Derfler-Rozin, R., Pitesa, M., Mitchell, M., Pillutla, M.M. (2015). Unethical for the sake of the group: Risk of social exclusion and pro-group unethical behavior. Journal of Applied Psychology. 100(1), 98–113.
Pitesa, M., & Thau, S. (2014). Lack of material resources causes harsher moral judgments. Psychological Science. 25(3), 702–710.
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.
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.
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.
Thau, S., Pitesa, M., & 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.
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.
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.