Michael Baer

Associate Professor
Faculty
TEMPE Campus
Mailcode
4006

Biography

Professor Baer's research explores alternative perspectives on trust in the workplace, including some drawbacks of both trusting others and being trusted. His research has appeared in several top management journals, including the Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Applied PsychologyPersonnel Psychology, and Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes. Professor Baer’s research and consulting has included work with a variety of organizations from the U.S. and abroad, including the transportation industry in England; accounting in Ireland; manufacturing in China and Australia; R&D and public utilities in India; healthcare, apparel, food, and education in the United States; and multiple government organizations. His research has been covered by media outlets such as Harvard Business ReviewFinancial Times, PBS, NPR, Business InsiderFastCompany, Psychology Today, Men's Health, and New York Magazine.

In 2020, Mike received the W. P. Carey Dean's Early-Career Research Award, which is given annually to one faculty member in the college for scholarly productivity. He is on the editorial review boards for Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Applied Psychology, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, and Personnel Psychology.

Prior to joining academia, Professor Baer worked in the construction industry, as well as in publishing and online education. 

Education

  • Ph.D. University of Georgia 2015
  • M.B.A. Brigham Young University 2010
  • B.A. Brigham Young University 2003

Research Interests

  • Trust
  • Fairness
  • Impression Management

Publications

† = ASU Ph.D. student

  • Baer, M. D., †Sessions, H., Welsh, D., & Matta, F. K. (in press). Motivated to “roll the dice” on trust: The relationships between employees’ daily motives, risk propensity, and trust. Journal of Applied Psychology.
  • *Welsh, D., *Outlaw, C., †*Newton, D., & *Baer, M. D. (conditionally accepted). Proud or anxious? The affective and social consequences of employee voice. Academy of Management Journal.
    *equal contribution; reverse alphabetical order, randomly determined
  • †Sessions, H., Nahrgang, J., Baer, M. D., & Welsh, D. (in press). From zero to hero and back to zero: The consequences of status inconsistency between the work roles of multiple jobholders. Journal of Applied Psychology.
  • †Kim, J. K., LePine, J. A., Zhang, Z., & Baer, M. D. (in press). Sticking out vs. fitting in: A social context perspective of ingratiation and its effect on social exchange quality with supervisors and teammates. Journal of Applied Psychology.
  • †Bush, J. T., Baer, M. D., Welsh, D. T., Outlaw, R., Garud, N., & †Sessions, H. (in press). To what do I owe this visit? Drawbacks and benefits of in-role and non-role intrusions. Journal of Management.
  • Baer, M. D., Frank, E., Matta, F. K., Luciano, M., & Wellman, N. 2021. Undertrusted, overtrusted, or just right? The fairness of (in)congruence between trust wanted and trust received. Academy of Management Journal, 64: 180–206.
  • Zipay, K. P., Mitchell, M. S., Baer, M. D., †Sessions, H., & Bies, R. J. 2021. Lenient reactions to misconduct: Examining the self-conscious process of being lenient to others at work. Academy of Management Journal, 64: 351–377.
  • †Bush, J., Welsh, D., Baer, M. D., & Waldman, D. 2021. Discouraging unethicality versus encouraging ethicality: Unraveling the differential effects of prevention- and promotion-focused ethical leadership. Personnel Psychology, 74: 29–54.
  • Welsh, D., Baer, M. D., †Sessions, H., & Garud, N. 2020. Motivated to disengage: The ethical consequences of goal commitment and moral disengagement in goal setting. Journal of Organizational Behavior., 41: 663–677.
  • *Welsh, D., *Baer, M. D., & †Sessions, H. 2020. Hot pursuit: The affective consequences of organization-set versus self-set goals on emotional exhaustion and citizenship behavior. Journal of Applied Psychology, 105: 166–185. 
    *equal contribution; order determined randomly
  • Fehr., R., Welsh, D., Yam, K. C., Baer, M. D., Wu, W., & †Vaulont, M. 2019. The role of moral decoupling in the causes and consequences of unethical pro-organizational behavior. Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, 153: 27–40.
  • Outlaw, R., Colquitt, J. A., Baer, M. D., & †Sessions, H. 2019. How fair versus how long: An integrative theory-based examination of procedural justice and procedural timeliness. Personnel Psychology, 72: 361–391.
  • Baer, M. D., van der Werff, L., Colquitt, J. A., Rodell, J. B., Zipay, K. P., & Buckley, F. 2018. Trusting the “look and feel”: Situational normality, situational aesthetics, and the perceived trustworthiness of organizations. Academy of Management Journal, 61: 1718–1740.
  • Baer, M. D., Rodell, J. B., Dhensa-Kahlon, R. K., Colquitt, J. A., Zipay, K. P., Burgess, L. R., & Outlaw, R. 2018. Pacification or aggravation? The effects of talking about supervisor unfairness. Academy of Management Journal, 61: 1764–1788.
  • Baer, M. D., Matta, F., †Kim, J. K., Welsh, D., & Garud, N. 2018. It’s not you, it’s them: Social influences on trust propensity and trust dynamics. Personnel Psychology, 71: 423–455.
  • Baer, M. D., Bundy, J., Garud, N., & †Kim, J. K. 2018. The benefits and burdens of organizational reputation for employee well-being: A conservation of resources approach. Personnel Psychology, 71: 571–595. *equal contribution
  • Mitchell, M. S., Baer, M. D., Ambrose, M. L., Folger, R., & Palmer, N. F. 2018. Cheating under pressure: A self-protection model of workplace cheating behavior. Journal of Applied Psychology, 103: 54–73.
  • Rodell, J. B., Colquitt, J. A., & Baer, M. D. 2017. Is adhering to justice rules enough? The role of charismatic qualities in perceptions of supervisors’ overall fairness. Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, 140: 14–28.
  • Baer, M. D., Dhensa-Kahlon, R. K., Colquitt, J. A., Rodell, J. B., Outlaw, R., & Long, D. M. 2015. Uneasy lies the head that bears the trust: The effects of feeling trusted on emotional exhaustion. Academy of Management Journal, 58: 1637–1657.
  • Long, D. M., Baer, M. D., Colquitt, J. A., Outlaw, R., & Dhensa-Kahlon, R. K. 2015. What will the boss think?: The impression management implications of supportive relationships with star and project peers. Personnel Psychology, 68: 463–498.
  • Colquitt, J. A., Baer, M. D., Long, D. M., & Halvorsen-Ganepola, M. D. K. 2014. Scale indicators of social exchange relationships: A comparison of relative content validity. Journal of Applied Psychology, 99: 599–618.

Research Activity

† = Current or Former Ph.D. student at ASU

  • Welsh, D., Baer, M. D., †Kim, J. K., Thiel, C., & Smith, I. (2nd revise-and-resubmit). [Ethics and trust]. Personnel Psychology.
  • Outlaw, R., & Baer, M. D. (revise-and-resubmit). [Social exchange]. Personnel Psychology.
  • Matta, F. K., Hill, E., Baer, M. D., Frank, E., & Wilson, K. (under review). [LMX]. Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes.
  • †Yoon, S., Baer, M. D., Frank, E., & Matta, F. K. (data collection). [Trust].
  • Baer, M. D., Colquitt, J. A., & †Yoon, S. (data collection). [Trust].
  • †Sessions, H., Baer, M. D., & Nahrgang, J. (working draft). [Side hustles].

Courses

Summer 2021
Course NumberCourse Title
MGT 420Human Resource Management
MGT 792Research
Spring 2021
Course NumberCourse Title
MGT 791Seminar
MGT 792Research
MGT 799Dissertation
Fall 2020
Course NumberCourse Title
MGT 420Human Resource Management
MGT 502Organizational Behavior
MGT 792Research
Summer 2020
Course NumberCourse Title
MGT 420Human Resource Management
MGT 792Research
Spring 2020
Course NumberCourse Title
MGT 411Leading Organizations
MGT 493Honors Thesis
MGT 791Seminar
MGT 792Research
MGT 799Dissertation
Fall 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
MGT 420Human Resource Management
MGT 792Research
Summer 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
MGT 420Human Resource Management
MGT 792Research
Spring 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
MGT 411Leading Organizations
MGT 493Honors Thesis
MGT 792Research
MGT 799Dissertation
Fall 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
MGT 493Honors Thesis
MGT 792Research
Summer 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
MGT 420Human Resource Management
MGT 792Research
Spring 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
MGT 411Leading Organizations
MGT 792Research
MGT 799Dissertation
Fall 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
MGT 420Human Resource Management
MGT 493Honors Thesis
MGT 792Research
Summer 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
MGT 420Human Resource Management
MGT 792Research
Spring 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
MGT 411Leading Organizations
MGT 792Research
Fall 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
MGT 420Human Resource Management
MGT 792Research

Work History

Arizona State University: 2015present