Sim Sitkin

Sim Sitkin

Michael W. Krzyzewski University Professor

Academic Area: Management and Organization
Phone Number: +1.919.660.7946

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 Sitkin is Michael W. Krzyzewski University Professor of Leadership, Professor of Management and Public Policy, and founding Faculty Director of the Fuqua/Coach K Center on Leadership and Ethics (COLE) at the Fuqua School of Business, and Director of the Behavioral Science and Policy Center at Duke University.  Since joining Duke in 1994, he also served as Area Head for the Management and Organizations Department, Faculty Director of Fuqua’s Health Sector Management Program, and Academic Director at Duke Corporate Education. He was elected a Fellow of the Academy of Management in 2010 and the Society for Organizational Behavior in 2013.

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 has published extensively in leading scholarly journals as well as translation publications such as the Harvard Business Review.  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 most recent books are Organizational Control (2010), The
Six Domains of Leadership (2016) and Routledge Companion to Trust (2017).

He has served in editorial and funding review roles for leading journals, editorial boards, and funding panels and has served on a number boards of directors and academic advisory boards. He is Co-President of the Behavioral Science and Policy Association and Founding Co-Editor of Behavioral Science and Policy, having previously served as Editor of the Academy of Management Annals, Senior Editor of Organization Science and Associate Editor of the Journal of Organizational Behavior.

Sim has been a visiting scholar at Carnegie Mellon University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, New York University, Stanford University, Xerox Palo Alto Research Center, University of Queensland, and Vrije University of Amsterdam.  Prior to obtaining a PhD, Sim spent over ten years in a variety of managerial and senior executive roles with responsibility for planning, information technology, financial administration, and research in consulting, non-profit, and government organizations.