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Sim B. Sitkin

Michael W. Krzyzewski University Distinguished Professor in Leadership
Fuqua School of Business
Box 90120, Durham, NC 27708-0120
A216 Fuqua Sch of Bus, Durham, NC 27708


Sim Sitkin is Michael W. Krzyzewski University Professor of Leadership and Professor of Management and founding Faculty Director of the Fuqua/Coach K Center on Leadership and Ethics at the Fuqua School of Business, and Director of the Behavioral Science and Policy Center at Duke University. Since joining Duke in 1994, he served as Area Head for the Management and Organizations Department, Faculty Director of Fuqua’s Health Sector Management Program, and Staudenmeyer Research Fellow. 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 is a Founding Partner of Delta Leadership, Inc. He was elected a Fellow of the Academy of Management in 2010 and the Society for Organizational Behavior in 2013.

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 Academy of Management Annals, Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, Administrative Science Quarterly, Harvard Business Review, and Organization Science. His most recent books are Organizational Control (2010), The Six Domains of Leadership (2016) and Routledge Companion to Trust (2016). He is one of only two individuals to have won multiple Best Paper awards from the Academy of Management Review.

He has served in editorial and funding review roles for leading journals, editorial boards, and funding panels in the U.S., Canada, Hong Kong, and Australia and has served on several 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). He is President of the Behavioral Science and Policy Association, Editor of the Academy of Management Annals, Founding Editor of Behavioral Science and Policy, Consulting Editor of Science You Can Use, Advisory Board Member of the Journal of Trust Research, and Advisory Board for the Routledge Book Series on Trust, having previously served as Senior Editor of Organization Science and Associate Editor of the Journal of Organizational Behavior.

He has extensive consulting and executive education experience with corporations, non-profits, and government organizations worldwide (including ABB, Alcoa, American Airlines, Areva, Baker Tilly, bioMerieux, Carolina Power & Light, Cisco Systems, Compaq Computer, Corning, Credit Suisse First Boston, Deutschebank, Duke Medical Center, Ericsson, Glaxo, Hart Graphics, IBM, La Quinta, Lenovo, Maxcor, Omgeo, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Red Hat Software, R.H. Donnelley, Siemens, State Farm Insurance, URS, U.S. Dept of Justice, Xerox Corporation, and Xiamen Health System). In this work, he has focused on strategic leadership, leading and managing change (including mergers and acquisitions), organizational trust, learning and knowledge management, and the design of organizational control systems.

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

Current Appointments & Affiliations

Michael W. Krzyzewski University Distinguished Professor in Leadership · 2016 - Present Fuqua School of Business
Professor of Business Administration · 2006 - Present Fuqua School of Business
Professor of Public Policy in the Sanford School of Public Policy · 2017 - Present Sanford School of Public Policy

Education, Training & Certifications

Stanford University · 1986 Ph.D.