Trust and Employment Negotiations: The Importance of Feeling in Control

30 Pages Posted: 1 Jun 2005

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Morela Hernandez

University of Virginia - Darden School of Business

Susan Brodt

Smith School of Business

Date Written: June 1, 2005

Abstract

Two studies examined the effects of open communication and perceived control on interpersonal trust in employment negotiations. In a simulated negotiation, participants adopted the role of job applicant and encountered a series of offers (concessions) from their prospective manager. Information disclosed by their prospective manager varied creating different degrees of openness. As well, in Study 1 participants evaluated each offer (or concession) and their level of trust in their prospective manager at each stage of the bargaining process creating an impression of control; in Study 2 participants made these assessments after the negotiation. Taken together, the results of these studies showed that perceived process control was more important than information disclosure, in the formation of trust in negotiations. Moreover, trust was contingent upon evidence of process control despite the manager's openness, or willingness, to share information with the applicant. Furthermore, the more trust was attributed to the manager, the more likely the applicant was to find the job offer attractive and subsequently accept the job offer. The implications of these findings for negotiation theory and research are discussed.

Keywords: Negotiation, trust, justice

Suggested Citation

Hernandez, Morela and Brodt, Susan, Trust and Employment Negotiations: The Importance of Feeling in Control (June 1, 2005). IACM 18th Annual Conference. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=732623 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.732623

Morela Hernandez (Contact Author)

University of Virginia - Darden School of Business ( email )

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Susan Brodt

Smith School of Business ( email )

Smith School of Business - Queen's University
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Kingston, Ontario K7L 3N6
Canada
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613-533-6847 (Fax)

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