Research interests

My research interests can be summarized along the following three dimensions:
  • At a theoretical level, I study institutional practices, organizational identity, trust,  organizational capabilities, and market cognition.
  • At a substantive level, I address interorganizational relationships, R&D, and firm success.
  • At a methodological level, I utilize surveys, experiments, and large archival data sets.

My research has been published or is forthcoming in the Strategic Management Journal, the American Sociological Review, the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, the Journal of Management, Strategic Organization, Long Range Planning, Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, and the Journal of Product Innovation Management, among other journals.


Some of my projects have been generously funded by the National Science Foundation, the German Research Foundation (DFG), and the Alexander-von-Humboldt Foundation, among others.


I have received several awards for my research, including an AOM Distinguished Student Paper Award, an AOM BPS Division Best Paper Award, and several best paper awards by the American Marketing Association.


Please see my list of publications to learn more about my published and work-in-progress research.

Recent Research

Sources of distrust: 

Reimann, Martin, Oliver Schilke, & Karen S. Cook. 2017. "Trust is heritable, whereas distrust is not." Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Trust production: 

Schilke, Oliver, Gunnar Wiedenfels, Malte Brettel, & Lynne G. Zucker. 2017. "Interorganizational trust production contingent on product and performance uncertainty." Socio-Economic Review.

Interorganizational contracts: 

Schilke, Oliver, & Fabrice Lumineau. Forthcoming. "The double-edged effect of contracts on alliance performance." Journal of Management..