Kyle Mayer is a Professor of Strategy at the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California. He has been at USC since receiving his doctorate from the University of California at Berkeley in 1999. Prior to attending Berkeley, he worked as a project manager in Silicon Valley for several years, primarily in the area of new product development. He has won awards for his teaching, research and service, including being named the Marshall Educator of the Year in 2006 and winning multiple Golden Apple teaching awards. Kyle Mayer teaches MBA courses on competitive strategy, corporate and global strategy, strategic alliances, and decision-making, and has designed course models for executives on these and additional topics. Kyle Mayer’s research examines outsourcing decisions and the management of inter-organizational relationships, with a focus on the strategic role of contracts in managing these relationships. He has published articles in a wide variety of outlets including the Academy of Management Journal, the Academy of Management Review, the Strategic Management Journal, and Management Science, among others. He served as an Associate Editor of the Academy of Management Journal from 2010-2013 and has served as an Associate Editor for the Strategic Management Journal since 2016.