Markus Baer

Associate Professor of Organizational Behavior

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Baer’s research interests include creativity and innovation in organizations, such as problem formulation, idea generation and solution implementation. Beyond teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels, he is on the editorial board of Organization Science, the Journal of Applied Psychology, and the Academy of Management Journal. HE is frequently invited to speak at international conferences regarding organizational behavior.

Prior to teaching, Baer worked in the German automotive industry and, as a co-founder of a startup venture, consulted for firms in Europe and Asia.


Get up! New research shows standing meetings improve creativity and teamwork

Chairs provide great support during long meetings, but they may also be holding us back. Standing during meetings boosts the excitement around creative group processes and reduces people’s tendencies to defend their turf, according to a new Washington University in St. Louis study that used wearable sensors to measure participants’ activity levels.

How good ideas survive

Coming up with creative, fresh ideas does not necessarily imply that theywill ultimately be put into practice. However, the odds of one’s ideas making it into practice are better when people are driven to push their ideas through the organization and are savvy networkers, finds new research from Olin Business School at Washington University in St. Louis.

Let it go! A strong bond to an idea makes collaboration more challenging

Ideas are all around us — helping solve problems, develop new products, and make important decisions. Good ideas are rarely created in a vacuum, however. They often emerge when people refine their ideas in response to suggestions and comments received from colleagues.Having strong bonds to an idea can make that necessary collaboration challenging, finds new research from Washington University in St. Louis. The study suggests that psychological ownership — the extent to which people feel as though an object, or idea, is truly theirs— may be at the root of this phenomenon.