Stephanie Eckerd is an assistant professor at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business where she teaches courses in supply chain management. Dr. Eckerd’s research focuses on how social and psychological variables affect buyer-supplier relationships through the use of survey and experiment methodologies. Her articles have appeared in the Journal of Operations Management, theJournal of Supply Chain Management, and the International Journal of Operations and Production Management. She has previous work experience as a defense contractor serving the Missile Defense Agency as a procurement analyst. She earned her PhD in Operations Management in June of 2011 from The Ohio State University’s Fisher College of Business.