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Removing the Shadow of Suspicion: The Effects of Apology Versus Denial for Repairing Competence - versus Integrity-Based Trust Violations


Peter H. Kim


University of Southern California - Marshall School of Business

Donald L. Ferrin


Singapore Management University - Lee Kong Chian School of Business

Cecily D Cooper


University of Miami School of Business

Kurt Dirks


Washington University in Saint Louis - John M. Olin Business School

2004

Journal of Applied Psychology, Vol. 89, No. 1, pp. 104-118, February 2004
Marshall School of Business Working Paper No. MKT 06-09

Abstract:     
Two studies were conducted to examine the implications of an apology versus a denial for repairing trust after an alleged violation. Results reveal that trust was repaired more successfully when mistrusted parties: 1) apologized for violations concerning matters of competence but denied culpability for violations concerning matters of integrity, and 2) had apologized for violations when there was subsequent evidence of guilt, but had denied culpability for violations when there was subsequent evidence of innocence. Supplementary analyses also reveal that the interactive effects of violation-type and violation-response on participants' trusting intentions were mediated by their trusting beliefs. Combined, these findings provide needed insight and supporting evidence concerning how trust might be repaired in the aftermath of a perceived violation.

Keywords: Trust, apology, denial, competence, integrity, guilt, innocence

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Date posted: May 20, 2008 ; Last revised: January 30, 2009

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Kim, Peter H. and Ferrin, Donald L. and Cooper, Cecily D and Dirks, Kurt, Removing the Shadow of Suspicion: The Effects of Apology Versus Denial for Repairing Competence - versus Integrity-Based Trust Violations (2004). Journal of Applied Psychology, Vol. 89, No. 1, pp. 104-118, February 2004; Marshall School of Business Working Paper No. MKT 06-09. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=398221 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.398221

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Peter H. Kim (Contact Author)
University of Southern California - Marshall School of Business ( email )
701 Exposition Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90089
United States
Donald Lee Ferrin
Singapore Management University - Lee Kong Chian School of Business ( email )
469 Bukit Timah Road
Singapore 912409
Singapore
Cecily D Cooper
University of Miami School of Business ( email )
United States
305-284-8585 (Phone)
Kurt Dirks
Washington University in Saint Louis - John M. Olin Business School ( email )
One Brookings Drive
Campus Box 1133
St. Louis, MO 63130-4899
United States
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