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Stefan Thau

Professor of Organisational Behaviour


Stefan Thau is Professor of Organisational Behaviour at INSEAD and the Cora Chaired Professor of Leadership and Learning. Stefan’s research examines social decision-making in groups and organizations. He has studied when and why people seek revenge, trust each other, and break rules and norms. He has also examined how people respond to social exclusion and discrimination. Stefan is also interested in improving research methodology, including how to improve the validity of experimental manipulations and research problems. Stefan’s research has been published in the Academy of Management Annals, Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Applied Psychology, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Psychological Science, Organization Science, and Journal of Experimental Social Psychology.

Stefan completed his PhD in Behavioral and Social Sciences at the University of Groningen, the Netherlands, and an MSc (German DiplPsych) in Psychology at the University of Mannheim, Germany. Prior to joining INSEAD, he was an Associate Professor of Organizational Behavior at the London Business School.

Stefan is an editorial board member of the Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Applied Psychology, and Journal of Management. He is also an Associate Editor of the Academy of Management Annals. He teaches the Organisational Behaviour course in the MBA programme and the Experimental Design and Data Analysis course in the PhD programme.

In Executive Development, Stefan designs, teaches, and directs programs on leadership transitions, group decision-making, negotiations, and influence. His recent clients include Accenture, AIA, Ambank, MetLife, Changi Airports International, the Emirates Group, Endeavor, and PWC.

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Why Some Men Feel the Need to Win at All Costs

Stefan Thau

Male misbehaviour in negotiations is rooted in our evolutionary history.


Are You Discriminating Without Realising It?

Stefan Thau

Discriminatory decisions are often driven by a combination of internalised stereotypes and rational self-interest.


A New Twist to the Beauty Bias

Attractive men may appear more competent, but it won’t always land them the job.


The Poor Judge Others More Harshly

Inequality makes people morally judgmental because they feel more vulnerable to the wrongdoing of others.
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