In the current turbulent business environment, there is a premium on trust. It has become a much desired resource in business organizations, but at the same time it has remained a very elusive idea. How to build and preserve trust, how to cope with opportunism and distrust, and how they affect organizational performance are crucial problems. This original book is the first to offer a wide-ranging study of trust within and between organizations from the perspective of several social and management sciences. The specially commissioned contributionsmany from well-known expertscombine theoretical analysis of problems around trust with empirical study in a range of different organizations in contexts such as China, Japan, India, the US, as well as several European countries. The many issues covered by the book include the relationship between trust and power, trust and law, how to build trust where there was previously none, the impact of trust on performance, and the fragility of trust in different societal contexts. The wide theoretical scope, together with the range of organizational settings and the rich empirical detail of behaviour around trust and opportunism, make this an important and instructive volume.
`An excellent and comprehensive approach to the study of trust. The book offers a wide and well argued series of articles on trust and the degree to which it affects business effectiveness, An excellent treatment of the subject with some interesting lessons for those academics, consultants and practicioners who think that there is only one viable model of interfirm relationship.' Peter Stannack, Supply Management `The book is clear and engaging, targeted at an academic audience but suitable also for practitioners and general interest given some basic knowledge of organisation science and proclivity for concepts.' Personnel Review, Vol. 32 No. 5.
Number Of Pages: 348
Published: 1st March 1998
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.3 x 16.3 x 2.3
Weight (kg): 0.67