Management and Organization Department
Marshall School of Business
University of Southern California
Phone: +1 (213)-321-2199
Yongzhi (Alex) is a doctoral candidate at the Management and Organization Department in the Marshall School of Business at University of Southern California. His research covers competitive strategies in platform-based markets and strategic alliances.
Alex's dissertation is a winner of the Strategy Research Foundation dissertation research grant and a finalist of the 2016 INFORMS / Organization Science Dissertation Proposal Competition. He studies mobile app developers’ market-entry decisions and subsequent performance when competing across and within the Apple iOS and Google Android platforms. Specifically, he examines how complementors sequentially adopt competing platforms and how they selectively enter market segments within a platform following industry mega events, such as acquisitions. Theoretically, his dissertation draws upon and integrates the external view of industrial organization and the internal view of organizational experiences (more broadly, the Behavioral Theory of the Firm). Empirically, Alex specializes in panel data analysis. He has put together a rich data set that combines archival and proprietary data sources and covers nearly the entire 2015 population of iOS and Android mobile apps (1.44 million for iOS and 2.5 million for Android).
Regarding cooperative strategy, his review article on alliance capabilities, coauthored with adviser Professor Nandini Rajagopalan, has been published in the Journal of Management. Building on the theory developed in the review article, he is working with coauthors on empirical research that integrates alliance capabilities with the literature on board of directors in international joint ventures.
Alex is seeking a tenure-track assistant professor position in a research institution. Please contact him for details about his teaching and research.