Introduction to the Special Issue on Novel Perspectives on Trust in Information Systems

MIS Quarterly Vol. 34 No. 2 pp. 367-371/June 2010

6 Pages Posted: 17 Jan 2014

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Izak Benbasat

University of British Columbia (UBC) - Sauder School of Business

David Gefen

Drexel University

Paul A. Pavlou

Temple University - Department of Management Information Systems; Temple University - Department of Strategic Management

Date Written: June 2010

Abstract

Research on trust has taken center stage in the MIS field in the past few decades, covering a wide range of trust-related topics based on a multitude of theories from sociology and psychology to economics. To extend this rapidly emerging trend and identify some ground-breaking perspectives on the study of trust, this special issue of the MIS Quarterly on “Novel Perspectives on Trust in Information Systems” aims to explore novel aspects of trust in new and under-researched IS contexts. In brief, the intent of the special issue was to publish innovative research articles about (1) novel antecedents of trust, (2) the construct of distrust and its relationship to trust, (3) the boundaries of trust, and (4) the study of trust in new and unexplored MIS contexts (Benbasat et al. 2008).

The papers submitted were first screened by the editors, in some cases aided by an associate editor, to verify their appropriateness to the topic of the special issue and their novelty. The remaining manuscripts went through the MIS Quarterly’s standard, rigorous review process, including the usual “armslength” and “conflict of interest” guidelines for the senior editors, associate editors, and reviewers in the handling of the papers. Interestingly, neither of the papers eventually accepted utilized traditional research methods commonly used in past research on trust in MIS. Indeed, the two papers that appear in this special issue dealt with what to MIS research are rather novel methodologies (namely functional brain imaging, specifically functional magnetic resonance imaging, or fMRI) (see Belliveau et al. 1991; Friston et al. 1994; Logothetis et al. 2001; Ogawa et al. 1990), which enabled these two papers to offer new insights into topics that were out of reach for the more traditional research methods previously used in trust research. By no means do we imply, however, that future novel contributions to the study of trust in MIS research should be limited to any particular research methodologies.

Suggested Citation

Benbasat, Izak and Gefen, David and Pavlou, Paul A., Introduction to the Special Issue on Novel Perspectives on Trust in Information Systems (June 2010). MIS Quarterly Vol. 34 No. 2 pp. 367-371/June 2010. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2379631

Izak Benbasat

University of British Columbia (UBC) - Sauder School of Business ( email )

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Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z2
Canada
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David Gefen

Drexel University ( email )

3141 Chestnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19104
United States

Paul A. Pavlou (Contact Author)

Temple University - Department of Management Information Systems ( email )

1810 N. 13th Street
Floor 2
Philadelphia, PA 19128
United States

Temple University - Department of Strategic Management ( email )

Fox School of Business and Management
Philadelphia, PA 19122
United States

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