Professor Nicole Gillespie

KPMG Chair in Org Trust

School of Business
Faculty of Business, Economics and Law


Nicole Gillespie is the KPMG Chair in Organizational Trust and Professor of Management at the University of Queensland Business School, and an International Research Fellow at the Centre for Corporate Reputation, Oxford University. She co-leads the Trust, Ethics and Governance Alliance at the University of Queensland.

Nicole joined UQ Business School in January 2010. Prior to this she held faculty and research positions at Melbourne Business School, Warwick Business School (UK), The Australian & New Zealand School of Government, The University of Melbourne, University of Queensland, and Swinburne University of Technology.

Trained as an organizational psychologist, Nicole’s research focuses on trust development and repair in organisational contexts, and in contexts where trust is challenged (e.g. after a trust failure, in complex stakeholder environments, during organizational transformation and digital disruption, in emerging technologies and virtual healthcare, in cross-cultural relations). Current research projects focus on understanding stakeholder trust in organizations and industries, organizational trust repair, designing trustworthy organizations, trust in Artificial Intelligence and emerging technologies, and stakeholder trust and uptake of telemedicine. Her research appears in leading international journals, including the Academy of Management Review, Journal of Management, Journal of Applied Psychology, Organization Studies, Accounting Organizations and Society, European Journal of Information Systems, Journal of Services Research, Business Ethics Quarterly, Journal of Business Ethics, Human Resource Management, Sloan Management Review and Work and Stress, as well as in books and book chapters. She has also published in a range of health journals including Lancet Digital Health, Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare, Digital Health, and Dermatology. Her work has been extensively presented in Europe, the USA and Australia. She is Deputy Editor of the Journal of Trust Research and on the editorial board of the leading leadership journal, Leadership Quarterly.

Nicole has written commissioned research reports and case studies on building and repairing stakeholder trust for the UK Institute of Business Ethics, the World Economic Forum, and a policy note for the UK Parliament on restoring trust in the financial sector after the global financial crisis. Her most recent reports in collaboration with KPMG are Trustworthy by Design: A practical guide to organisational trust ; Trust in Artificial Intelligence: Australian Insights 2020 ; and Achieving Trustworthy AI: A model for trustworthy artificial intelligence. Her research and consulting has led to positive changes in industry, government and policy across a range of sectors, including Health, Resources, Finance and Banking, Higher Education, R&D, Not-for-Profit and the Defence industry. Clients include KPMG, the World Economic Forum, the Ontario Hospital Association, Barclays Bank, UBS Bank, Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital, the Royal Flying Doctor Service, CSIRO, The Australian Army, Bank of Queensland, Santos, Origin Energy and various government agencies. She has attracted over $7million in research funding as a Chief Investigator with her colleagues, including ARC, NHMRC and industry grants. Nicole is an active member of the Academy of Management, the European Group of Organisational Studies, and the First International Network on Trust and sits on multiple Advisory Boards.

Nicole has over twenty years experience in designing and delivering MBA, Executive MBA, specialist masters and undergraduate courses. She is the recipient of five teaching excellence awards and, together with former PhD student Mattia Anesa, two best paper awards from the Academy of Management. She is the recipient of the 2016 UQ Business School Research Award. In 2019 she was made a Fellow of the Australian and New Zealand School of Government in recognition of outstanding contribution to public management.

Research Impacts

Nicole is dedicated to translating her research into practice and she has written commissioned reports, as well as numerous research reports for government and industry. Her research is regularly featured in international and national media outlets and she has consulted and conducted research for a range of public and private sector organisations. She is a regular speaker at industry, government and academic conferences, as well as round-tables for industry and government.


  • PG Cert in Post-Compulsory Education, University of Warwick
  • Bachelor of Arts (Honours), The University of Queensland
  • Bachelor of Arts, The University of Queensland
  • PhD, University of Melbourne


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  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

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Featured Publications


Book Chapter

  • Gillespie, Nicole, Fulmer, C. Ashley and Lewicki, Roy (2021). A multilevel perspective on organizational trust. Understanding Trust in Organizations: A Multilevel Perspective. (pp. 3-13) Taylor and Francis Inc.. doi: 10.4324/9780429449185-1

  • Möllering, Guido, Gillespie, Nicole and Lewicki, Roy (2021). Multilevel trust: Reflections, insights, and a future research agenda. Understanding Trust in Organizations: A Multilevel Perspective. (pp. 361-371) Taylor and Francis Inc.. doi: 10.4324/9780429449185-15

  • Gillespie, Nicole, Lockey, Steve, Hornsey, Matthew and Okimoto, Tyler (2021). Trust repair: A multilevel framework. Understanding Trust in Organizations: A Multilevel Perspective. (pp. 143-176) Taylor and Francis Inc.. doi: 10.4324/9780429449185-7

  • Gillespie, Nicole and Siebert, Sabina (2018). Organizational trust repair. The Routledge companion to trust. (pp. 284-301) edited by Rosalind H. Searle, Ann-Marie Nienaber and Sim B. Sitkin. London, United Kingdom: Routledge. doi: 10.4324/9781315745572-20

  • Gillespie, Nicole (2015). Survey measures of trust in organizational contexts: An overview. Handbook of Research Methods on Trust. (pp. 225-239) edited by Fergus Lyon, Guido Mollering and Mark N.K. Saunders. Cheltenham U.K.: Edward Elgar. doi: 10.4337/9781782547419.00031

  • Gillespie, Nicole and Hurley, Robert (2013). Trust and the Global Financial Crisis. Handbook of Advances in Trust Research. (pp. 177-203) edited by Reinhard Bachmann and Akbar Zaheer. Cheltenham, United Kingdom: Edward Elgar. doi: 10.4337/9780857931382.00019

  • Gillespie, Nicole (2012). Measuring trust in organizational contexts: An overview of survey-based measures. Handbook of research methods on trust. (pp. 175-188) edited by Fergus Lyon, Guido Möllering and Mark N. K. Saunders. Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar.

  • Gillespie, Nicole, Hurley, Robert, Dietz, Graham and Bachmann, Reinhard (2012). Restoring institutional trust after the global financial crisis: a systemic approach. Restoring trust in organizations and leaders: enduring challenges and emerging answers. (pp. 1-43) edited by Roderick M. Kramer and Todd L. Pittinsky. Oxford, U.K.: Oxford University Press. doi: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199756087.003.0010

  • Ferrin, Donald L. and Gillespie, Nicole (2010). Trust differences across national-societal cultures: Much to do, or much ado about nothing?. Organizational Trust: A cultural perspective. (pp. 42-86) edited by Mark N. Saunders, Denise Skinner, Graham Dietz, Nicole Gillespie and Roy J. Lewicki. Cambridge, U.K. ; New York, U.S.A.: Cambridge University Press. doi: 10.1017/CBO9780511763106.003

  • Dietz, Graham, Gillespie, Nicole and Chao, Georgia T. (2010). Unravelling the complexities of trust and culture. Organizational Trust: A cultural perspective. (pp. 3-41) edited by Mark N. K. Saunders, Denise Skinner, Graham Dietz, Nicole Gillespie and Roy J. Lewicki. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. doi: 10.1017/CBO9780511763106.002

  • Gillespie, Nicole and Mann, Leon (2005). How trustworthy is your leader? Implications for leadership, team processes and outcomes in R&D teams. Leadership, management and innovation in R&D project teams. (pp. 93-122) edited by Leon Mann. Westport, CT, U.S.A.: Praeger.

  • Mann, Leon and Gillespie, Nicole (2005). Transformational leaders of project teams: Who are they and what difference do they make?. Leadership, management and innovation in R&D project teams. (pp. 71-92) edited by Leon Mann. Westport, CT, U.S.A.: Praeger.

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PhD and MPhil Supervision

Note for students: Professor Nicole Gillespie is not currently available to take on new students.

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

Completed Supervision