University of Southern California

Kyle Mayer
Associate Professor of Management and Organization

USC Marshall School of Business
Los Angeles, CA 90089-0808

PhD, MS, UC-Berkeley; BS, UC-Davis


Kyle Mayer studies how firms govern relationships with other firms, with particular attention to the contract and its role in establishing a framework for the relationship. His research has been published in Organizational Science, Academy of Management Journal, Management Science, and Journal of Law, Economics, and Organization. He served on the editorial board of Academy of Management Journal, Organization Science, Academy of Management Review, and Strategic Management Journal. He received a Golden Apple Award in 2003, Marshall's Educator of the Year Award in 2006, and a Mellon Mentoring Award from USC in 2006.


Market-Political Complementarity in Firm Capabilities: An Integrated Theoretical Perspective 2013
Learning to Change: The Effect of Prior Ties on Contract Change 2013
Startup Firm Acquisitions as a Human Resource Strategy for Innovation: The Acqhire Phenomenon 2013
Political Economy and Firms’ Geographic Scope of Business Operations 2010
The Influence of Prior Interaction on Contract Design: The Extent of Contingency Planning in Information Technology Service Contracts 2008
Designing Alliance Contracts: The Role of Detailed Task Descriptions 2006
Learning to Govern by Contract 2006
Antecedents and Performance Consequences of Contracting for Knowledge Workers: Evidence from Information Technology Services 2005
A Supply and Supplier Plant Inspections Compliments or Substitutes? A Strategic and Operational Assessment of Inspection Practices in Biotechnology 2004
Franchising, Ownership and Experience: A Study of Pizza Restaurant Survival 2004
Relationships and Hybrid Contracts: An Analysis of Contract Choice in Information Technology 2004
The Dynamic Knowledge of Regimes by Dengjian Jin 2003
Buyer-Supplier Contracting in Biotechnology: Governance Costs, Measurement Costs, and Complementaries 1998