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Dr. Stephen J. Sauer

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I am an Assistant Professor in the Organizational Studies department. My research activities focus on issues of leadership, influence, and status in team processes. Specifically, I study how leader status and behaviors impact the patterns of influence that emerge among team members and how outsiders view these leaders. I also study how members of interdisciplinary teams can effectively manage conflict to maximize creativity, and how people perceive social networks and their own social capital.

My teaching interests are a reflection of my research; I teach both the Organizational Behavior and Performance Management module and the Foundations of Leadership courses for the MBA program, as well as the Negotiations elective for undergraduates. In addition, I conduct a number of executive education and leadership effectiveness workshops and seminars.

I graduated with a PhD in Management and Organizational Behavior from Cornell University, where I also earned an MBA and a Masters in Business and Policy Administration. I also hold a Bachelors degree in Aeronautical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Prior to embarking on an academic career, I worked as an organizational change consultant and as a plant manager, and I served for seven years as an armored cavalry officer in the US Army.

I joined the faculty at Clarkson because it offered a unique blend of size and focus – the collegial atmosphere and intimacy of a small school combined with the research agenda and resources of a large university. From the student perspective, the relatively small size of our program presents each student with unique opportunities to work closely with the faculty, administration, and each other on a daily basis. To put it simply: everyone is involved in shaping the Clarkson business school experience. Our MBA program challenges students to be more than just students, and to succeed, they must develop an acute ability to work closely with others. This is not a theoretical proposition but something we put into practice every day, and our students leave Clarkson as innovative leaders, team players and worthy colleagues. I am proud to be part of that transformation.

Stephen J. Sauer, PhD