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Oliver Schilke

Oliver Schilke

Distinguished Visiting Professor in Leadership and Effective Organizations

Business School and EGADE Business School


Organizational theory
Organizational behavior & management
International management
Technology innovation

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Professor Schilke is an Associate Professor (with tenure) at the Eller College of Management, in the Department of Management and Organizations at the University of Arizona, as well as an Associate Professor (by courtesy) in the School of Sociology, and is also the Founder and Director of the Center for Trust Studies at the University of Arizona. He has teaching experience at the University of California, in Los Angeles; at the Technical University of Munich, in Germany; at the EGADE Business School of the Tecnológico de Monterrey; and at the RWTH Aachen University, in Germany.

His research interests are in the areas of microfoundations of organization theory, trust, organizational routines/capabilities, institutional theory, and also the collaboration between individuals and between organizations.

His research centers on understanding the institutionalization of the organizational phenomena, more specifically on how processes within any institution become a habit over time and how that affects the perceptions of the organizational environment, as well as its innovation and success. At a methodological level, he utilizes experiments, key informant surveys, and large archival data sets.

His projects have been funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) in the United States, the German Research Foundation (DFG for its acronym in German), and the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, among others.

Professor Schilke is a Guest Editor for Organization Science and has published academic articles in leading outlets such as the Academy of Management Journal, Administrative Science Quarterly, American Sociological Review, Journal of Applied Psychology, Organization Science, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Strategic Management Journal, and others. Professor Schilke has been cited more than 8,880 times on Google Scholar.

He has been a guest speaker at several universities such as Bocconi University, in Milan, Italy; in the United States at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Dartmouth College, Harvard University, Northwestern University, and others. In Mexico at the Tecnológico de Monterrey; in Germany at the University of Mannheim, and many more around the world. 

Dr. Schilke has received several awards, like the CAREER Award from the National Science Foundation (2020); the Ascendant Scholar Award from the Western Academy of Management (2020); the Emerging Scholar Award from the Strategic Management Society (2019), and the Choice Award for Outstanding Faculty from the Eller College Dean’s Council (2018), to name a few.

Professor Oliver Schilke joined Tecnológico de Monterrey as Distinguished Visiting Professor in Leadership and Effective Organizations at the Business School and EGADE Business School.

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Education and Training

  • Ph.D. in Sociology at the University of California, Los Angeles.
  • Master of Arts in Sociology at the University of California, Los Angeles.
  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Stanford University.
  • Ph.D. in Management at the Witten/ Herdecke University. 
  • Master of Science in Management at the HHL – Leipzig Graduate School of Management.
  • Intermediate Diploma in Business Administration at the University of Siegen.
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  • Krishnan, Rekha, Karen S. Cook, Rajiv Kozhikode, & Oliver Schilke. 2021. "An interaction ritual theory of social resource exchange: evidence from a Silicon Valley accelerator." Administrative Science Quarterly, 66(3), 659-710.

  • Schilke, Oliver, Martin Reimann, & Karen S. Cook. 2021. "Trust in social relations." Annual Review of Sociology, 47, 239-259.

  • Yoo, Taeyoung, Oliver Schilke, & Reinhard Bachmann. 2021. "Neither acquiescence nor defiance: Tuscan wineries' 'flexible reactivity' to the Italian government's quality regulation system." British Journal of Sociology, 72(5), 1430-1447.

  • Haack, Patrick, Oliver Schilke, & Lynne G. Zucker. 2021. "Legitimacy revisited: disentangling propriety, validity, and consensus." Journal of Management Studies, 58(3), 749-781.

  • Lumineau, Fabrice, Wenqian Wang, & Oliver Schilke. 2021. "Blockchain governance - a new way of organizing collaborations?" Organization Science, 32(2), 500-521.

  • Zucker, Lynne G., & Oliver Schilke. 2020. "Towards a theory of micro-institutional processes: forgotten roots, links to social-psychological research, and new ideas." Research in the Sociology of Organizations, 65B, 371-389.

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