Bio sketch

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I am an Associate Professor in the Management and Organizations Department and an Associate Professor (by courtesy) in the School of Sociology at the University of Arizona. I also serve as Director of the Center for Trust Studies at the University of Arizona, and I am an External Affiiate with Stanford University's Institute for Research in the Social Sciences.

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.



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

Structural obfuscation

Schilke, Oliver, & Gabriel Rossman. 2018. "It's only wrong if it's transactional: moral perceptions of obfuscated exchange." American Sociological Review.

Legitimacy processes

Haack, Patrick, Oliver Schilke, & Lynne G. Zucker. 2021. "Legitimacy revisited: disentangling propriety, validity, and consensus." Journal of Management Studies.