Sim Sitkin


Michael W. Krzyzewski University Distinguished Professor

Academic Area: Management and Organizations
Phone Number: +1.919.660.1957

Teaching / Research Interests

Leadership, Organizational Control, Trust in Organizations, Organizational Change, New Organizational Forms, Mergers and Acquisitions

Mailing Information

Duke University: The Fuqua School of Business
100 Fuqua Drive
Durham, NC 27708


Sim B. Sitkin 

Michael W. Krzyzewski University Professor of Leadership; Professor of Management; Professor of Public Policy; Faculty Director, Fuqua/Coach K Center on Leadership & Ethics; Director, Behavioral Science and Policy Center


Sim B. Sitkin is Duke University’s Michael W. Krzyzewski University Professor of Leadership, Professor of Management and Public Policy; Faculty Director, Fuqua/Coach K Center on Leadership & Ethics; and Director of the Behavioral Science and Policy Center. Previously at Duke, he served as Area Head for the Management and Organizations Department and Faculty Director of Fuqua’s Health Sector Management Program. He is Founding Partner and President of Delta Leadership, Inc. In addition to serving in a number of administrative leadership roles at Duke, Sim has also been Academic Director at Duke Corporate Education and on the faculty of the University of Texas at Austin and the Free University of Amsterdam. He has been elected a Fellow of Academy of Management, International Network for Trust Research, Society for Organizational Behavior, the Society for Organizational Learning, and the Center for Evidence-based Management. Professor Sitkin’s research focuses on leadership and control systems and their influence on how organizations and their members become more or less capable of change and innovation. He is widely known for his research on the effect of formal and informal organizational control systems and leadership on risk taking, accountability, trust, learning, M&A processes, and innovation. His research has appeared in such publications as Organization Science, Academy of Management Annals, Academy of Management Review, Academy of Management Journal, Administrative Science Quarterly, and Harvard Business Review. His most recent books are Organizational Control (2010), The Six Domains of Leadership (2016) and Routledge Companion to Trust (2017). He has served on a number of boards of directors (including Academy of Management, Society of Organizational Learning, Hope for the Warriors, and Center for the Public Domain) and academic advisory boards (Behavioural Insights Team, Center for Evidence-based Management, McKinsey Implementation Practice). He currently serves as Co-President of the Behavioral Science and Policy Association, Founding Editor of Behavioral Science and Policy, Consulting Editor of Science You Can Use, Advisory Board Member of the Journal of Trust Research.  He previously served as editor of several leading academic journals as well as serving on numerous journal editorial boards. He has worked as a consultant and executive educator with many large and small corporations, non-profit and government organizations worldwide. Professor Sitkin received his PhD in organizational behavior from Stanford Business School, EdM in educational administration from Harvard Graduate School of Education, and BA in psychology from Clark University.