Deviant and Criminal Behavior in the Workplace

270 pages

5 tables, 7 figures

February, 2013

ISBN: 9780814722619



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Steven M. Elias is Head of the Management Department at New Mexico State University. 

All books by Steven M. Elias

Workplace crimes are never far from the news. From major scandals like Enron to violent crimes committed by co-workers to petty theft of office supplies, deviant and criminal behavior is common in the workplace. Psychological factors are almost always involved when an employee engages in such behavior.
Deviant and Criminal Behavior in the Workplace offers insights at the level of the individual employee and also sheds light on the role organizations themselves may play in fostering such criminal behavior. The volume considers psychological factors involved in theft and fraud, workplace violence, employee discrimination, and sexual harassment. It also analyses a number of variables which can influence such behavior including employee personality, employee emotional processes, experience of occupational stress, organizational culture, organizational injustice, and human resource management practices. The book will be of core interest to those interested in the psychology and sociology of work, organizational behavior, and human resource management.


  • "Never before have we had a resource that has brought together research that thoughtfully considers the full spectrum of deviance; who enacts deviance; the environmental conditions that drive people to deviance; and the consequences of deviances on actors, victims, and bystanders. This is a valuable volume for anyone with interest in the issues inherent to complex people working together within complex systems."

    —Deborah E. Rupp, William C. Byham Chair in Industrial/Organizational Psychology, Purdue University

  • "Elias's work has value for its unique coverage of a topic of increasing concern."


  • "This is a book that should find an attentive readership among scholars, students, and practitioners alike, whether they are interested in the psychological, criminal or organizational aspects of deviance."

    Criminal Law and Criminal Justice Books