Stephen J. Sauer

Stephen J. Sauer

  • Senior Lecturer

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Interdisciplinary Theme

Faculty Expertise

  • Organizational Behavior
  • Management and Organizations
  • Leadership
  • Entrepreneurship and Innovation
  • Behavioral Research
  • Management
  • Strategy
  • Groups and Teams


Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management


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Stephen Sauer’s research and teaching activities focus on issues of leadership, team processes, entrepreneurship, and status and diversity in management. His work has been published in a number of academic journals including Leadership Quarterly, Organization Science, Journal of Applied Psychology, and Human Resource Management. His research has also been featured in a variety of mainstream media outlets including The Wall Street Journal, Harvard Business Review,, and USA Today, among others.

His teaching experience includes courses in Leadership, Strategy, Negotiations, and Organizational Behavior at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, and he has extensive experience leading executive education workshops and seminars for a number of major corporations. He is also an Entrepreneur in Residence at Cornell’s Center for Regional Economic Advancement and Rev: Ithaca Startup Works and is a member of the teaching team for the NSF Innovation Corps national program.

Dr. Sauer graduated with a PhD in Management and Organizational Behavior from Cornell University, where he also earned an MBA and a Master’s in Business and Policy Administration. He also holds a Bachelor’s degree in Aeronautical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Prior to embarking on an academic career, he worked as an organizational change consultant and as a plant manager, after serving for seven years as an armored cavalry officer in the US Army.

Selected Publications

Recent Courses

  • AEM 4665 - Business Management Simulation
  • AEM 4660 - Business Simulation
  • NBA 5710 - Cornell Management Simulation
  • NBAB 5710 - Cornell Management Simulation
  • AEM 1200 - Introduction to Business Management
  • NMI 5040 - Johnson Leadership Fellows
  • NBAW 5710 - Management Simulation
  • NCCW 5040 - Managing and Leading in Organizations
  • NCC 5540 - Managing and Leading in Organizations
  • AEM 3000 - Working Together: Project Development and High-Performing Teams

Academic Degrees

  • PhD Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management, Cornell University, 2008
  • MS Cornell University, 2007
  • MBA Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management, Cornell University, 2001
  • BS Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 1991