Bio sketch



I am an Assistant Professor in the Management and Organizations Department and an Assistant Professor (by courtesy) in the School of Sociology at the University of Arizona.


I previously received my PhD in sociology from UCLA, specializing in organization theory and economic sociology. My dissertation research at UCLA addressed institutional practices in organizations, especially as they pertain to routines, trust, and identity.


I also had the opportunity to spend two years at Stanford University as a Research Fellow in the Department of Sociology and the Institute for Research in the Social Sciences, where I started to work with Karen S. Cook on issues related to trust.


Prior to that, I completed undergraduate and graduate programs in business administration at German universities (University of SiegenHHL – Leipzig School of Management, and Witten Herdecke University).


Please see my research statement to learn more about my research interests.

Recent Research

Call for papers on experiments in OT: 

Schilke, Oliver, Sheen S. Levine, Olenka Kacperczyk, & Lynne G. Zucker. 2018. "Call for papers: special issue on experiments in organizational theory." Organization Science.

Structural obfuscation: 

Schilke, Oliver, & Gabriel Rossman. Forthcoming. "Itís only wrong if itís transactional: moral perceptions of obfuscated exchange." American Sociological Review.

Identity and resistance: 

Schilke, Oliver. 2018. "A micro-institutional inquiry into resistance to environmental pressures." Academy of Management Journal.