Trust Trap? Self-Reinforcing Processes in the Constitution of Inter-Organizational Trust

Sasaki, M. (Ed., 2018) Trust in Contemporary Society. Leiden: Brill.

31 Pages Posted: 12 Mar 2018 Last revised: 20 Aug 2018

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Guido Möllering

Witten/Herdecke University

Jörg Sydow

Freie Universität Berlin

Date Written: August 10, 2018

Abstract

This chapter points to the peculiar nature of trust as a property of inter-organizational relations that may be desirable though not easily established, but also sometimes undesirable though hard to abandon. We argue that this is due to self-reinforcing processes that may be slow to get started but that tend to spiral up to levels that essentially lock organizations into their trust-based relationships, even when the trust has been jeopardized.

Keywords: trust, network, organization, management, path dependence

JEL Classification: L20

Suggested Citation

Moellering, Guido and Sydow, Jörg, Trust Trap? Self-Reinforcing Processes in the Constitution of Inter-Organizational Trust (August 10, 2018). Sasaki, M. (Ed., 2018) Trust in Contemporary Society. Leiden: Brill., Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3137541

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