Maxim Sytch is an Associate Professor in the Department of Management and Organizations, Stephen M. Ross School of Business, University of Michigan. Previously, he was a lecturer in the Department of Management and Organizations, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University.

Selected as one the 40 Best Business Professors under 40 in the World by Poets & Quants, Maxim Sytch is an expert on leadership and organizational issues within firms. His research focuses on how managers can execute without formal authority. He examines how managers can effectively manage and leverage relationships within and across organizational boundaries to enhance performance. In his recent work, he studies how companies influence their legal environments by leveraging social relationships between lawyers and judges.

This research has been published in leading journals such as Academy of Management Journal, Administrative Science Quarterly, California Law Review, California Management Review, Harvard Business Review, Managerial and Decision Economics, Organization Science, Sloan Management Review, and The Wall Street Journal. His work has also been covered by, BusinessWeek, The Brunei Times,, Human Resources Online, Reuters, and Yahoo News. In addition, his essays appeared in Huffington Post,, and the Observer. In 2010, his study examining dynamics of influence in patent infringement litigation won the Best Paper Award from the Organization and Management Theory Division of the Academy of Management. In 2012, another study, which examined the relationship between network communities and firms’ invention productivity, was a finalist for the Best Paper Award at the Israel Strategy Conference. In 2016, his paper on social structures interconnecting lawyers and federal judges in litigation was the finalist for the Best Paper on Entrepreneurship Award from the Organization and Management Theory Division of the Academy of Management. In 2019, his paper on networks among disadvantaged inventors was the the finalist for the Knowledge and Innovation Best Paper Award at the Strategic Management Society Annual Conference.

In 2009–2010, Maxim Sytch moderated an online Leadership Seminar in collaboration with the Washington Post. He serves as an Associate Editor of Administrative Science Quarterly and is a member of the Academy of Management, the American Sociological Association, and the Strategic Management Society. He won the Outstanding Reviewer Awards from the Academy of Management Journal and Organization Science in 2014 and 2015, respectively.

In 2014, Maxim Sytch won the Ross Executive Education Teaching Impact Award for open enrollment programs. His online specialization on Leading People and Teams (, launched in 2015, is the leading online leadership course in the world with over 250,000 students. He also advises and speaks to corporations worldwide. Some of his recent engagements include clients such as Amazon, Bank of America, Bank Mandiri, BPKP Indonesia, Banque Saudi Fransi, Bosch, BrightView, Chicago Public Schools, Chrysler-Fiat, Genus, Grainger, ICBC, Inforum, Masco, Morgan Stanley, M&T Bank, Michigan Medicine, National Football League, National Intelligence Community, NextGen, Novartis, Oracle, Qualcomm, Ronald McDonald House Charities, Saudi Telecom, Schneider Electric, SCL Health, Toyoda Gosei, Toyota, UNUM, US Air Force, and TRW.

Prior to entering academia, Maxim Sytch worked in the financial sector for Merrill Lynch and the Central Bank of the Russian Federation. He holds a PhD from the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University.