Nicoleta Acatrinei is an economist and started her career in banking. The reality of the business world forced her to inquire about the relevance of the assumption of the egoistic nature of homo oeconomicus. This research question became the cornerstone of her academic trajectory covering fields as theology, anthropology, moral decision making and work psychology. She received her Ph.D. in 2014 from Swiss Graduate School of Public Administration (IDHEAP), Switzerland, entitled Work motivation and pro-social behavior in the delivery of public services: theoretical and empirical insights (Globethics.net 2016). By combining behavioral economics with work motivation, she shows that intrinsic and extrinsic motivations may coexist simultaneously, and that both types of motivation may foster pro-social and altruist behavior at work. She has authored books, book chapters and journal articles, including: Saint John Chrysostom and Homo oeconomicus (2008); Let’s talk about money, let’s talk about human nature (2007); The determinants of work motivation in the delivery of public services: the case of the Swiss education sector (2015); and Perspectives of Saint John Chrysostom for the VUCA world. An integrative mindfulness program to cope with managerial challenges in a VUCA world .
At the Faith & Work Initiative, Acatrinei has worked on The Integration Profile (TIP) measurement tool in order to strength its theoretical foundations, relate its measurement to work-related outcomes, adapt it to a larger audience and make it known to new potential users. She also contributed to a project addressing the topic of religion/spirituality at work through the angle of virtue ethics and mindfulness management, resulting in a first book chapter to be published with Springer in their Business and Management series.