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A renowned researcher, Professor Baer studies creativity and innovation and all its related activities. Through his research, Baer seeks to answer four broad questions:


Problem Formulation

What are the factors that enable individuals and teams to comprehensively formulate problems?

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Idea Generation

What are the factors, across all levels of analyses, that shape creativity in organizations?

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Idea Selection

What are the factors that influence individuals' and teams' ability to recognize and select creative ideas?

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Idea Implementation

What are the factors that allow individuals and teams to convert their ideas into new products or services?

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Selected Publications

Deichmann, D., & Baer, M. (Forthcoming). A recipe for success? Sustaining creativity among first-time creative producers. Journal of Applied Psychology.

Park, C. H., & Baer, M. (Forthcoming). Getting to the root of things: The role of epistemic motivation and construal levels in strategic problem formulation. Strategy Science.

Moungt, M., & Baer, M. (2022). CEOs' Regulatory Focus and Risk-Taking When Firms Perform Below and Above the Bar. Journal of Management, 48, 1980-2008.

Razinkas, S., Weiss, M., Hoegl, M., & Baer, M. (2022). Illuminating the opposing performance effects of stressors in innovation teams. Journal of Product Innovation Management, 39, 351-370.

Weiss, M., Baer, M., & Hoegl, M. (2022). The human side of innovation management: Bridging the divide between the fields of innovation management and organizational behavior. Journal of Product Innovation Management, 39, 283-291.

Mount, M., Baer, M., & Lupoli, M. (2021). Quantum leaps or baby steps? Psychological distance, construal level, and the propensity to invest in novel technological ideas. Strategic Management Journal, 42, 1490-1515.


Baer, M., Dane, E. I., & Madrid, H. (2021). Zoning out or breaking through? Linking daydreaming to creativity in the workplace. Academy of Management Journal, 64, 1553-1577.


Shaw, J. D., & Baer, M. (2020). "The sky is not falling" and other reactions to Tourish's wanderings. Academy of Management Learning and Education, 19, 243-246.

Gray, S. M., Knight, A. P., & Baer, M. (2020). On the emergence of collective psychological ownership in new creative teams. Organization Science, 31, 141-164.

Nadkarni, S., Gruber, M., DeCelles, K., Connelly, B., & Baer, M. (2018). New ways of seeing: Radical theorizing. “From the Editors” of the Academy of Management Journal, 61, 371–377.


Baer, M., & Shaw, J. (2017). Falling in love again with what we do: Academic craftsmanship in the management sciences. “From the Editors” of the Academy of Management Journal, 60, 1213–1217.


Brown, G., & Baer, M. (2015). Protecting the turf: The effect of territorial marking on others’ creativity. Journal of Applied Psychology, 100, 1785–1797.


Kudesia, R. S, Baer, M., & Elfenbein, H. A. (2015), A wandering mind does not stray far from home: The value of metacognition in distant search. PLoS One, 10.


Baer, M., Evans, K., Oldham, G. R., & Boasso, A. (2015). The social network side of individual innovation: A meta-analysis and path-analytic integration. Organizational Psychology Review, 5, 191–223.


Knight, A. P., & Baer, M. (2014). Get up, stand up: The effects of a non-sedentary workspace on information elaboration and group performance. Social Psychological and Personality Science, 5, 910–917.


Baer, M., Vadera, A., Leenders, R. T. A. J., & Oldham, G. R. (2014). Intergroup competition as a double-edged sword: How sex composition regulates the effects of competition on group creativity. Organization Science, 25, 892–908.


Baer, M., Dirks, K. T., & Nickerson, J. A. (2013). Microfoundations of strategic problem formulation. Strategic Management Journal, 34, 197–214.


Richter, A., Hirst, G., Van Knippenberg, D., & Baer, M. (2012). Creative self-efficacy and individual creativity in team contexts: Cross-level interactions with team informational resources. Journal of Applied Psychology, 97, 1282–1290.


Baer, M. (2012). Putting creativity to work: The implementation of creative ideas in organizations. Academy of Management Journal, 55, 1102-1119.


Montag, T., Maertz, C. P., & Baer, M. (2012). A critical analysis of the workplace creativity criterion space. Journal of Management, 38, 1362–1386.


Baer, M., & Brown, G. (2012). Blind in one eye: How psychological ownership of ideas determines the types of suggestions people adopt. Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, 118, 60–71.


Brown, G., & Baer, M. (2011). Location in negotiation: Is there a home-field advantage? Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, 114, 190–200.


Dane, E. I., Baer, M., Pratt, M. G., & Oldham, G. R. (2011). Rational versus intuitive problem solving: How thinking “Off the beaten path” can stimulate creativity. Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts, 5, 3–12.


Baer, M., Leenders, R. T. A. J., Oldham, G. R., & Vadera, A. (2010). Win or lose the battle for creativity: The power and perils of intergroup competition. Academy of Management Journal, 53, 827–845.


Baer, M. (2010). The strength-of-weak-ties perspective on creativity: A comprehensive examination and extension. Journal of Applied Psychology, 95, 592–601.


Baer, M., Oldham, G. R., Jacobsohn, G. C., & Hollingshead, A. B. (2008). The personality composition of teams and creativity: The moderating role of team creative confidence. Journal of Creative Behavior, 42, 255–282.


Baer, M., & Oldham, G. R. (2006). The curvilinear relation between experienced creative time pressure and creativity: Moderating effects of openness to experience and support for creativity. Journal of Applied Psychology, 91, 963–970.


Van Dyck, C., Frese, M., Baer, M., & Sonnentag. S. (2005). Organizational error management culture and its impact on performance: A two-study replication. Journal of Applied Psychology, 90, 1228–1240.


Baer, M., Oldham, G. R., Hollingshead, A. B., & Jacobsohn, G. C. (2005). Revisiting the birth order-creativity connection: The role of sibling constellation. Creativity Research Journal, 17, 67–77.


Baer, M., Oldham, G. R., & Cummings, A. (2003). Rewarding creativity: When does it really matter? The Leadership Quarterly, 14, 569–586.

Baer, M., & Frese, M. (2003). Innovation is not enough: Climates for initiative and psychological safety, process innovations, and firm performance. Journal of Organizational Behavior, 24, 45–68.

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