Trust is critical for the quality of social interaction especially in organisations based on employee cooperation and empowerment. An important question is how organisations pass from a situation with low trust between management and employees and among employees to a situation characterised by high trust and co-operation? In this paper we explore the process of trust development during an organisational change project in a Danish SME by looking at two kinds of trust relations: employee trust in management and trust relations among employees. We find substantial differences in trust in management among employees. Trust is found to be higher among employees interacting regularly with managers, as in the project coordination group. It is found that personal relations are very important for the development of trust. The success of the project may be explained by the involvement of an ‘elite group' of employees in the project coordination group, by a change of attitude towards employees by management during the project, by the specific actions taken by management as a response to employee complains and by the creation of occasions such as employee seminars where employees can meet and discuss with colleagues from other departments and develop personal knowledge of each other.
|Status||Udgivet - 2007|
|Begivenhed||4th Workshop on Trust Within and Between Organizations - Amsterdam, Holland|
Varighed: 25 okt. 2007 → 26 okt. 2007
Konferencens nummer: 4
|Konference||4th Workshop on Trust Within and Between Organizations|
|Periode||25/10/2007 → 26/10/2007|
Jagd, S., & Højland, J. (2007). The Process of Trust Development: A Case Study of an Empowerment Project. Afhandling præsenteret på 4th Workshop on Trust Within and Between Organizations, Amsterdam, Holland.