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Lisa Shu

Assistant Professor of Organisational Behaviour

BA PhD (Harvard)

Dr Lisa Shu studies the architecture of morality and examines the precursors and consequences of ethical decision-making. Bringing together ‘lab’ theory and field practice, she investigates the psychological costs of unethical behaviour. Dr Shu proposes new interventions in a social context, to avoid the negative costs of dishonesty.

Her tested strategies promote ethical decision-making for the long-term by identifying moral nudges that can be effective on a global, and culturally diverse, scale.

Outside of London Business School she is Editorial Board Member of the Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes journal. Prior to joining the School, Dr Shu was Visiting Assistant Professor, Management and Organisations, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern.

Dr Shu’s work has been published widely in journals such as: Journal of Personality and Social Psychology and Journal of Experimental Social Psychology.


Ethical decision-making: Insights from contemporary behavioral research on the role of the self

Shu L L; Effron D A

In R. Scott & S. Kosslyn (Eds.), Emerging trends in the social and behavioral sciences, Wiley 2015


The power of the cognition/emotion distinction for morality

Bazerman M H; Gino F; Shu L L; Tsay C

Emotion Review 2014 Vol 6:1 p 87-88


Cognition and decision making

Shu L; Bazerman M H

Book Chapter: In Bansal P., & Hoffman A J eds., Oxford Handbook of Business and the Environment, OUP, 2012

Policy bundling to overcome loss aversion: A method for improving legislative outcomes

Milkman K L; Mazza M C; Shu L L; Tsay C; Bazerman M H

Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes 2012 Vol 117:1 p 158-167

Signing at the beginning makes ethics salient and decreases dishonest self-reports in comparison to signing at the end

Shu L L; Mazar N; Gino F; Ariely D; Bazerman M H

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 2012 August Vol 109:38 p 15197-15200

Sweeping dishonesty under the rug: How unethical actions lead to forgetting of moral rules

Shu L L; Gino F

Journal of Personality and Social Psychology 2012 June Vol 102:6 p 1164-1177


Cognitive, affective and special-interest barriers to policy making

Shu L; Tsay C; Bazerman M H

Book Chapter: In Krueger J J ed., Frontiers of Psychology: Social Judgement and Decision Making, Psychology Press, 2011

Dishonest deed, clear conscience: When cheating leads to moral disengagement and motivated forgetting

Shu L L; Gino F; Bazerman M H

Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin 2011 March Vol 37:3 p 330-349

Ethical discrepancy: Changing our attitudes to resolve moral dissonance

Shu L; Bazerman M H

Book Chapter: In De Cremer D &Tenbrunsel A E eds., Behavioral Business Ethics: Ideas on an Emerging Field, Taylor and Francis Publishing, 2011

Joint evaluation as a real-world tool for managing emotional asessments of morality

Bazerman M H; Gino F; Shu L L; Tsay C

Emotion Review 2011 Vol 3:3 p 290-292

Naiveté and cynicism in negotiations and other competitive contexts

Tsay C; Shu L L; Bazerman M H

The Academy of Management Annals 2011 Vol 5:1 p 495-518


Nameless + harmless = blameless: When seemingly irrelevant factors influence judgment of (un)ethical behavior

Gino F; Shu L L; Bazerman M H

Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes 2010 Vol 111:2 p 93-101


Bad riddance or good rubbish? Ownership and not loss aversion causes the endowment effect

Morewedge C K; Shu L L; Gilbert D T; Wilson T D

Journal of Experimental Social Psychology 2009 Vol 45:4 p 947-951


  • Negotiations and Bargaining

Research Awards

  • Dispute Resolution Research Centre, Kellogg School of Management

    Research Grant Recipient, 2012-2014

  • Safara Center for Ethics, Harvard University

    Laboratory Fellow Grant Recipient, 2012-2013

  • Society for Personality and Social Psychology
    Best Student Publication Award, 2012

  • Program on Negotiation, Harvard University
    Next Generation Grant Recipient, 2008-2009

  • Thomas T. Hoopes Prize, Harvard College
    Awarded to Harvard College Seniors for outstanding undergraduate theses, 2006

  • Seymour E. and Ruth B. Harris Prize, Department of Economics, Harvard University
    Best Undergraduate Thesis in Economics Department as chosen by faculty vote, 2006

  • Faculty Prize, Department of Psychology, Harvard University
    Awarded for exceptional research in the Psychology Department as chosen by faculty vote, 2006

  • Semifinalist, Intel Science Talent Search
    Awarded for Contextual Effects of Implicit Priming on Perceptual Identification, 2002