Dr. Henry Sauermann joined the College in 2008. His 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 intentions. 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” or “Citizen Science” (e.g., https://www.zooniverse.org/). 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 supported 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, and PLoS ONE. For recent publications and working papers, please visit http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/cf_dev/AbsByAuth.cfm?per_id=1142729.
Areas of Specialization
Science and Innovation; Entrepreneurial Strategy; Individual Motives and Incentives
PhD in Management, Duke University