Organizational Antecedents of Trust in Producer-Owned Firms

35 Pages Posted: 29 Dec 2003

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Harvey S. James, Jr.

University of Missouri at Columbia - Division of Applied Social Sciences

Michael E. Sykuta

University of Missouri at Columbia - Division of Applied Social Sciences

Date Written: December 2003

Abstract

We examine how organizational characteristics of producer-owned firms affect the level of perceived trust among cooperative members, using survey data from a sample of U.S. agricultural cooperatives. Our results indicate trust is correlated with property right and organizational structures previously identified in the literature as significant for cooperative performance. We find that the norm of equality and the homogeneity of member interests are key antecedents of organizational trust in producer-owned firms. We also find that some property right structures that improve organizational trust are counterproductive for member investment incentives.

Keywords: Organizational trust, cooperative organizations

JEL Classification: D23, L14, Q13, Z13

Suggested Citation

James, Harvey S. and Sykuta, Michael E., Organizational Antecedents of Trust in Producer-Owned Firms (December 2003). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=481783 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.481783

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