Dr. Sauermann's research focuses on individuals’ motives and incentives, and how they interact with organizational and institutional mechanisms in shaping innovative activity. In particular, he studies how scientists’ motives and incentives relate to important outcomes such as innovative performance in firms, patenting in academia, or career choices and entrepreneurial interests. This stream of research also explores important differences in these mechanisms across contexts such as industrial versus academic science or startups versus large established firms.
In new projects, Dr. Sauermann studies the dynamics of motives and incentives over time, and explores non-traditional innovative institutions such as Crowd Science and Innovation Contests. Additional work is underway to gain deeper insights into scientific labor markets and to derive implications for junior scientists, firms, and policy makers.
Dr. Sauermann's work has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the Kauffman Foundation, a Sloan Foundation Research Program, as well as the Georgia Research Alliance. He has published in a wide range of journals including Management Science, Organization Science, Research Policy, the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), and PLoS ONE. He has presented his work at many national and international conferences and was invited to share his research with policy makers and business executives at meetings of The National Academies and The Conference Board. For recent publications and working papers, please visit http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/cf_dev/AbsByAuth.cfm?per_id=1142729.