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Prof. Dr. Guido Möllering
Prof. Dr. Guido Möllering
Prof. Dr.
Adjunct Professor of Organization and Management
Business & Economics

Director and Chair of Management
Reinhard Mohn Institute of Management
Private Universität Witten/Herdecke gGmbH
Alfred-Herrhausen-Straße 50
D - 58448 Witten

Guido.Moellering [at]
Research Interests: 
  • Inter-organizational Relationships
  • International Management
  • Markets and Organizational Fields
  • Trust
University Education: 

Habilitation and Venia Legendi in Business Administration, Freie Universität Berlin, 2011
PhD in Management Studies, University of Cambridge, 2003
MPhil in Management Studies, University of Cambridge, 1997
Dipl.-Betriebswirt (FH), Münster University of Applied Sciences, 1996
BA (Hons) in European Business, University of Portsmouth, 1996 

Fellowships and Awards: 
Peregrinus Award of the Bavarian Academy of Sciences and Humanities, 2009
Carolyn Dexter Best International Paper Award of the Academy of Management, 2007
Research Training Studentship, Economic and Social Research Council (UK), 1997-2000
Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes (German National Academic Foundation), 1992-1997
Research and Teaching Positions: 

Director and Chair, Reinhard Mohn Institute of Management, Witten/Herdecke University, since 2016
EWE Chair of Economic Organization and Trust, Jacobs University Bremen, 2011-2016
Senior Research Associate, Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies, Cologne, 2005-2011
Visiting Scholar, Columbia University, New York, 2009
Short-term Visiting Professor, Bocconi University, Milan, 2006
Assistant Researcher/Lecturer, Freie Universität Berlin, 2001-2005


(Selected Recent and Key)

Gausdal, A.H., Svare, H., Möllering, G. 2016. Why Don’t All High-trust Networks Achieve Strong Network Benefits? A Case-based Exploration of Cooperation in Norwegian SME Networks, Journal of Trust Research 6(2) 194-212.

Zolfaghari, B., Möllering, G., Clark, T., Dietz, G. 2016. How Do We Adopt Multiple Cultural Identities? A Multidimensional Operationalization of the Sources of Culture, European Management Journal 34 (2) 102-113.

Möllering, G. 2015. The practical wisdom of trust: An interview with Bart Nooteboom, Journal of Trust Research 5 (2) 170-183.

Lyon, F., Möllering, G., Saunders, M.N.K. 2015. Introduction. Researching Trust: The Ongoing Challenge of Matching Objectives and Methods. In: Lyon, F., Möllering, G., Saunders, M.N.K. (Eds.) Handbook of Research Methods on Trust, 2nd Edition. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, 1-22.

Sydow, J., Möllering, G. 2015. Produktion in Netzwerken: Make, Buy & Cooperate. 3rd Edition. Munich: Verlag Vahlen (1st ed. 2004, 2nd ed. 2009).

Nikolova, N., Möllering, G., Reihlen, M. 2015. Trusting as a ‘Leap of Faith’: Trust-building Practices in Client–Consultant Relationships, Scandinavian Journal of Management 31 (2) 232-245.
Saunders, M. N. K. , Lyon, F. & Möllering, G. 2015. Researching Trust in Tourism: Methodological Issues and Associated Concerns. In R. Nunkoo & S.L.J. Smith (Eds.), Trust, Tourism Development and Planning (pp. 168-179). Abingdon: Routledge.
Möllering, G. 2014. Trust, calculativeness, and relationships: A Special Issue 20 Years after Williamson’s warning, Journal of Trust Research 4 (1) 1-21.
Möllering, G. 2014. The Origin of Social Species: Organizational Novelty as a Matter of Autocatalysis and Network Transformations (Book Review: Padgett and Powell, 2012). Economic Sociology – The European Electronic Newsletter 15(2), 59-61.
Möllering, G. 2013. Process Views of Trusting and Crises. In: Bachmann, R., Zaheer, A. (Eds.) . Handbook of Advances in Trust Research. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, 285-305.
Möllering, G. 2013. Trust without knowledge? Comment on Hardin, ‘Government without trust’, Journal of Trust Research 3 (1) 53-58.
Möllering, G. 2013. „Vertrauen“ ist sowohl Substantiv als auch Verb: Prozesse der Vertrauensarbeit im Management, Zeitschrift Führung + Organisation zfo 82 (2) 84-88.
Möllering, G. 2013. Vertrauen und Ressourcen in interorganisationalen Beziehungen. In: Klinke, S., Rohn, H. (Eds.) RessourcenKultur: Vertrauenskulturen und Innovationen im Spannungsfeld normativer Orientierung und betrieblicher Politik. Baden-Baden: Nomos, 63-71.
Sydow, J., Windeler, A., Schubert, C., Möllering, G. 2012. Organizing R&D Consortia for Path Creation and Extension: The Case of Semiconductor Manufacturing Technologies, Organization Studies 33 (7) 907-936.
Möllering, G. 2011. Umweltbeeinflussung durch Events? Institutionalisierungsarbeit und feldkonfigurierende Veranstaltungen in organisationalen Feldern, Zeitschrift für betriebswirtschaftliche Forschung 63 (5) 458-484.
Möllering, G. 2010. Collective Market-Making Efforts at an Engineering Conference, MPIfG Discussion Paper 10/2, Cologne: Max-Planck-Institute for the Study of Societies.
Tsui-Auch, L.S., Möllering, G. 2010. Wary Managers: Unfavorable Environments, Perceived Vulnerability, and the Development of Trust in Foreign Enterprises in China, Journal of International Business Studies 41 (6) 1016-1034.
Möllering, G. 2010. Kartelle, Konsortien, Kooperationen und die Entstehung neuer Märkte, Zeitschrift für betriebswirtschaftliche Forschung 62 (7) 770-796.
Möllering, G., Stache, F. 2010. Trust Development in German–Ukrainian Business Relationships: Dealing with Cultural Differences in an Uncertain Institutional Context. In: Saunders, M.N.K., Skinner, D., Gillespie, N., Dietz, G., Lewicki, R.J. (Eds.): Organizational Trust: A Cultural Perspective. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 205-226.

Möllering, G. 2009. Leaps and Lapses of Faith: Exploring the Relationship between Trust and Deception. In: Harrington, B. (Ed.): Deception: From Ancient Empires to Internet Dating. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 137-153.
Möllering, G. 2006. Trust: Reason, Routine, Reflexivity. Oxford: Elsevier.
Möllering, G. 2005. The Trust/Control Duality: An Integrative Perspective on Positive Expectations of Others, International Sociology 20 (3) 283-305.
Child, J., Möllering, G. 2003. Contextual Confidence and Active Trust Development in the Chinese Business Environment, Organization Science 14 (1) 69-80.
Möllering, G. 2001. The Nature of Trust: From Georg Simmel to a Theory of Expectation, Interpretation and Suspension, Sociology 35 (2) 403-420.
A complete list of Guido Möllering’s academic publications is here [PDF].


Other Professional Activities: 

Board Member, First International Network on Trust
Faculty Member of Bremen International Graduate School of Social Sciences (BIGSSS)
Faculty Speaker, Jacobs University Bremen (2012-2014)
Coordinator, CoWell Research Center, Jacobs University Bremen (2011-2016)
Member of the DFG-Network “Organization as Communication” and DFG-Network "Field-Configuring Events"
Deputy Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Trust Research
Senior Editor and Book Review Editor, Organization Studies