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Pok Man Tang

Assistant Professor

Hi! I am an assistant professor at the Terry College of Business in University of Georgia. I received my Ph.D. in Management from Texas A&M University in United States, and earned both MPhil and B.B.A. from Lingnan University in Hong Kong. My research interests include human-nonhuman interactions at work (i.e., interaction with artificial intelligence, robots, algorithms, animals, and nature), behavioral ethics & stereotypes, and emotions & well-being.

Indeed, my prior work experience in various industries motivated me to develop phenomenon-driven research questions and critique to the organizational literature. In particular, as organizations worldwide are navigating through the Second Machine Age (where intelligent machines are increasingly becoming part of the modern workforce), our conventional wisdom about work practices, interpersonal relationships, and the management of organizations needs to be refined. My area of interests specifically taps into the intersection of these topics, where I adopt mixed-research approach to develop novel theoretical and practical insights in benefiting both organizational decision makers and employees, particularly in helping them to adapt to the technologically turbulent world.



  • Texas A&M University, Mays Business School
    Ph.D. in Management (2022)                       
Prior professional positions:


  • Texas A&M University Graduate Researcher (2019 - 2022)                       
  • BNP Paribas, Investment Banking Analyst (2017 - 2018)
  • TIBHAR Professional Athlete (2013 - 2016)
Awards, Honors and Recognitions:


  • 2022                Dean’s Award for Outstanding Researcher, Texas A&M University
  • 2021                Honorable Mention of Doctoral Strategic Entrepreneurship Award, Texas A&M University
  • 2020                Best Paper Award, Academy of Management Conference, MOC Division
  • 2013                President List (Top 5% of undergraduate students across all the faculties)
  • 2012                Dean List (Top 5% of undergraduate students in business school)
Research Interests and Areas of Expertise:
  • Human-nonhuman Interactions at work
  • Behavioral Ethics and Stereotypes
  • Emotions and Well-being
Selected Publications:

Journal Articles

Zhong, R., Tang, P. M., & Lee, S. (accepted). The gossiper’s high and low: Investigating the impact of negative gossip about the supervisor on work engagement. Personnel Psychology.

Tang, P. M., Koopman, J., Yam, K. C., De Cremer, D., Zhang, J., & Reynders, P. (accepted). The self-regulatory consequences of dependence on intelligent machines at work: Evidence from field and experimental studies. Human Resource Management.

Yam, K. C., Tang, P. M., Jackson, J. C., Su, R., & Gray, K. (in press). The rise of robots increases job insecurity and maladaptive workplace behaviors: Multi-method evidence. Journal of Applied Psychology.

Yam, K. C., Tang, P. M., & Lam, C. (in press). Working with animals: Implications for employees’ compassion, awe, prosocial behavior, and task performance. Personnel Psychology.

Tang, P. M., Koopman, J., Elfenbein, H. A., Zhang, J. H., De Cremer, D., Li, C. H., & Chan, E. T. (in press). Using robots at work during the COVID‐19 crisis evokes passion decay: Evidence from field and experimental studies. Applied Psychology.

Tang, P.M., Koopman, J., McClean, S. T., Zhang, J. H., Li, C. H., De Cremer, D., ... & Ng, C. T. S. (2022). When conscientious employees meet intelligent machines: An integrative approach inspired by complementarity theory and role theory. Academy of Management Journal65(3), 1019-1054.

Tang, P. M., Ilies, R., Aw, S. S., Lin, K. J., Lee, R., & Trombini, C. (2022). How and when service beneficiaries’ gratitude enriches employees’ daily lives. Journal of Applied Psychology107(6), 987-1008.

Tang, P. M., Yam, K. C., Koopman, J., & Ilies, R. (2022). Admired and disgusted? Third parties’ paradoxical emotional reactions and behavioral consequences towards others’ unethical pro‐organizational behavior. Personnel Psychology75(1), 33-67.

Yam, K. C., Bigman, Y. E., Tang, P. M., Ilies, R., De Cremer, D., Soh, H., & Gray, K. (2021). Robots at work: People prefer—and forgive—service robots with perceived feelings. Journal of Applied Psychology, 106(10), 1557–1572.

Tang, P. M., Yam, K. C., & Koopman, J. (2020). Feeling proud but guilty? Unpacking the paradoxical nature of unethical pro-organizational behavior. Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes160, 68-86.

Book Chapter

Chan, E., Tang, P. M., & Chen, S. Female entrepreneurs. (2020). In Cheung, F.M., & Halpern, D. (Eds), Cambridge International Handbook of Psychology of Women.