Trusting in Business Networks

Morten Boesen, Mette Apollo Rasmussen

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Abstract

Among others, trust and its impact on business relationships have been one of the dimensions that researchers associated with the IMP Group have studied both conceptually and empirically. However, previous research has mainly studied trust as a rather static explanatory background variable that influences how business relationships develop. This paper aims to establish a more dynamic and interaction-oriented understanding of how trust is built and maintained by interacting actors engaging in business relationships. Hence, this paper explores the research question: “How is trusting developed through interactions in business networks?”. We use the trust literature to qualify our understanding of trust from an interactive perspective. The concept of trusting is explored empirically by analysing observational data from three business promotion networks. The main findings are that trusting is shaped based on episodes of interactions involving three antecedents of trust: ability-based, benevolence-based and integrity-based trust.
Original languageEnglish
Publication dateSep 2017
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2017
Event33rd IMP Conference 2017 - DoubleTree (by Hilton), Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Duration: 5 Sep 20178 Sep 2017
Conference number: 33
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Conference

Conference33rd IMP Conference 2017
Number33
LocationDoubleTree (by Hilton)
CountryMalaysia
CityKuala Lumpur
Period05/09/201708/09/2017
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Boesen, M., & Rasmussen, M. A. (2017). Trusting in Business Networks. Paper presented at 33rd IMP Conference 2017, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.