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My research interests lie at the intersection of two streams: (1) the formal and informal governance mechanisms and (2) the “dark side” of inter-organizational relationships.

Research based on my Ph.D. dissertation explored issues directly at the convergence of these two streams. My aim has been to gain insights into the influence of governance structures on the disputes that arise between exchange partners. I have developed a series of papers on the way contract structure influences interfirm dispute resolution processes and outcomes.

More recently, I have further developed each stream. Firstly, a substantial part of my current work focuses on the interplay of formal and informal governance mechanisms in inter-organizational relationships. Secondly, I am also working on inter-firm misconduct and opportunism.

I have received a number of scholarly awards such as the Best Paper Award from the Business Policy and Strategy division at the Academy of Management Conference, the Discovery Early Career Research Award ($375,000) from the Australian Research Council, and the Jay Ross Faculty Scholar Award at Purdue University. I also received a double nomination from both the Business Policy and Strategy division and the Conflict Management division for the Carolyn Dexter Award, which is the Academy of Management all-academy award for the best internationally-oriented paper. Three other of my papers were nominated for the Practice Implication Award of the Strategic Management Society.

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