Trust Primacy: A Model of the Reciprocal Relations between Trust and Perceived Justice

Journal of Management, November 2013, vol. 39, no. 7, 1891-1923

Posted: 25 Apr 2014

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Brian Holtz

Temple University - Department of Human Resource Management; Temple University - Organizational Behavior

Date Written: January 28, 2013

Abstract

Management scholars have historically framed trust as a consequence of organizational justice that develops slowly over time. However, theory and empirical research outside of the management literature suggest that trust is inevitably present prior to the initiation of exchange relationships. For instance, neuroscientific evidence suggests that the human brain has evolved mechanisms capable of automatically evaluating the trustworthiness of potential exchange partners without conscious deliberation. This article presents a new theoretical model suggesting that trust forms rapidly and exerts significant influence on employee perceptions of justice. Implications for research and practice are discussed.

Keywords: trust, fairness, social exchange

Suggested Citation

Holtz, Brian, Trust Primacy: A Model of the Reciprocal Relations between Trust and Perceived Justice (January 28, 2013). Journal of Management, November 2013, vol. 39, no. 7, 1891-1923, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2428726

Brian Holtz (Contact Author)

Temple University - Department of Human Resource Management ( email )

Philadelphia, PA 19122
United States

Temple University - Organizational Behavior ( email )

Philadelphia, PA
United States

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