Michael Baer

Graduate Student Excellence-in-Research Award 2016

Michael Baer, a recent doctoral graduate in management, studies the concepts of trust and fairness in the workplace. His dissertation examines the motives that drive managers to engage in trusting behaviors toward their employees. Some of his other work demonstrates the benefits and burdens of being trusted by one’s supervisor. On the plus side, being trusted can fill an employee with pride, which may enhance their work performance. On the negative side, being trusted brings more workload and more worries about one’s reputation, which can exhaust employees. Baer’s work reveals the importance of supporting the “stars” in a unit with resources that can help them manage their stress levels. He is now an assistant professor of management in Arizona State University’s W.P. Carey School of Business.