W. Gerry Sanders is Professor of strategic management at the Jones Graduate School of Business at Rice University. Gerry Sanders was previously on the faculty of the Marriott School of Management at Brigham Young University. He earned a PhD in strategic management from the University of Texas at Austin in 1996. Gerry Sanders' research is focused on the intersection of corporate governance and executive leadership, with a particular interest in their effects on firm strategy and performance, and is published in the Academy of Management Journal, Strategic Management Journal, Human Resource Management, the Journal of Management, and other outlets. His research often tackles practical problems and some of his work on the effects of stock option pay has been featured in major news outlets such as the New York Times, the Economist, BusinessWeek, CFO, and on National Public Radio’s Marketplace. Gerry is also the coauthor (with Mason Carpenter) of Strategic Management: A Dynamic Perspective, a textbook on strategic management published by Prentice Hall. He is currently a member of the SMS Task for on Code of Professional Conduct.