Stephen J. Sauer

Stephen J. Sauer

  • Senior Lecturer

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Interdisciplinary Theme

  • Behavioral Economics and Decision Research
  • Innovation, Entrepreneurship & Technology

Faculty Expertise

  • Organizational Behavior
  • Management and Organizations
  • Leadership
  • Management
  • Behavioral Research
  • Groups and Teams


Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management


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Stephen Sauer is an associate professor in the organizational studies department at Clarkson University's School of Business and a visiting associate professor of management and organizations at Cornell University's Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management. His research activities focus on issues of leadership, team processes, and status and diversity in management. His work has been published in a number of academic journals, including Leadership Quarterly, Journal of Applied Psychology, Organization Science, and Psychology of Women Quarterly. His research has also been featured in a variety of mainstream media outlets, including The Wall Street Journal, Harvard Business Review,, and USA Today.

His teaching experience includes courses in leadership, strategy, negotiations, and organizational behavior at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. He also has extensive experience leading executive education workshops and seminars in negotiations, teamwork, and leadership effectiveness for a number of major corporations.

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.

Recent Courses

  • AEM 4660 - Business Simulation
  • NBAB 5710 - Cornell Management Simulation
  • NBAE 5710 - Cornell Management Simulation
  • NBAW 5710 - Cornell Management Simulation
  • NMI 5040 - Johnson Leadership Fellows
  • NBAY 6661 - Negotiation Essentials

Academic Degrees

  • PhD Cornell University, 2008
  • MS Cornell University, 2007
  • MBA Cornell University, 2001
  • BS Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 1991