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Deadline Extended: AMR Special Topic Forum on Fresh Perspectives on Trust

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    Posted 01-24-2022 21:55

    Call for Papers

    Deadline Extended: AMR Special Topic Forum on Fresh Perspectives on Trust

    We have extended the Submission Deadline: February 15, 2022

    Guest Editors: Cecily Cooper, M. Audrey Korsgaard, Kyle Mayer, Laura Poppo, Madan Pillutla, and Aks Zaheer

    In 1998, AMR published a special issue devoted to the topic of trust edited by Rousseau, Sitkin, Burt, and Camerer. This special issue covered a broad scope of trust-related topics and inspired an enormous amount of subsequent empirical and conceptual work on trust. AMR later published a special issue on the closely related topic of relationship repair (Dirks, Lewicki, & Zaheer, 2009). In the decades that followed, calamitous economic and societal events have taken place, and fundamentally disruptive changes to technology and the economy continue apace. Globally, as individuals grow more pessimistic about their own economic futures, trust in governments and business has eroded (Edelman Trust Barometer, 2020). In addition, the sharp increase in remote work and the gig economy has significantly altered the workplace and the relationship between employees, their co-workers, and leaders while global supply chains and ecommerce require new thinking on trust across organizational boundaries. These events and changes challenge current assumptions regarding trust and demand a re-examination of theory on trust within and between organizations.

    At the same time as we experience these societal changes, there have also been changes in the research landscape. New theoretical lenses and concepts have begun to influence our understanding of emotion, identity, decision-making, judgement, perception, and cooperation, all topics closely related to and informative of trust. We believe new theories are needed to both understand the context-specific nuances of trust and refine our theorizing of trust to reflect underlying affective, social, perceptual and judgment processes.

    • Context and Trust: Economic and social changes have dramatically altered the way relationships are formed and maintained within and between organizations. The exigencies of remote work, global supply chains, ecommerce, business ecosystems, virtual networks, the gig economy, and automation are examples of these changes. Theory examining how these contextual changes fundamentally alter the meaning and function of trust within and between organizations is needed. A focus on the maintenance of trust between parties during a crisis might also be relevant, as a crisis represents a contextual event that can foreseeably increase or decrease trust mutually or unilaterally. We also encourage scholars to consider processes and attributes embedded in the social context, such as contagion, social identity, culture, and climate. Work that casts a new light on diversity and trust is welcome.


    • Irrational Trust: Theory is needed to better explain instances which appear to defy our common notions of rational trust development and maintenance, as well as the processes which enable cooperation. Trustors are known to trust too little, too much, and too soon and may appear to trust again too quickly or too slowly after trust is violated, patterns which appear contrary to self-interests. These patterns could result from routine-based rather than knowledge-based assessments, pro-relationship motivations, attributions, contracts, or external pressures. These tendencies may leave certain individuals, teams, or organizations more exposed to having their own trust violated or violating the trust of others.


    • Experiencing Vulnerability: The concept of vulnerability is central to the most commonly used definition of trust; however, we know very little about the true nature of vulnerability and how it is experienced by trustors. Theorizing is needed to clarify whether vulnerability is always a precondition of trust, the nature of vulnerability while trusting, and how changes in vulnerability posed by the context can influence how vulnerability is experienced in a specific relationship. Particular focus could be given to the attendant emotions of vulnerability, such as anxiety, fear, and hostility. Notably, various stakeholders of a given trustee may experience different levels of vulnerability (e.g., investors may experience vulnerability differently than consumers, employees, and/or managers). Interesting questions exist regarding whether vulnerability is experienced and managed differently by individuals, teams, and organizations. Given the possibility that different groups vary in how they experience vulnerability , there is surely value in considering how it affects members of underrepresented groups and the impact this has on trust.


    • Embeddedness of Trust: Trust does not occur in a unilateral vacuum. It resides in relationships/partnerships in which both parties are simultaneously trustors and trustees, involving both their trust for the other party and the extent to which the other party trusts them. The burgeoning research on felt trust, mutual trust, and trust meta-perceptions may benefit from further theoretical precision and consideration should be given to expanding these basic ideas across different foci (trust felt from alliance partners, customers) and levels (team or organizational-level). Further, these relationships/partnerships reside within larger networks. In current times, networks of all kinds, particularly virtual ones, abound and proliferate. As a result, trust can be created indirectly, without contact between trustor and trustee. Conceptual thinking that integrates the burgeoning literatures on trust and networks is sorely needed to help understand the roles that networks play in the creation and maintenance of trust as well as its dissolution and repair.



    Das, T. K., & Teng, B.S. 2001. Trust, Control, and Risk in Strategic Alliances: An Integrated Framework. Organization Studies, 22: 251-283

    Dirks, K. T., Lewicki, R. J., & Zaheer, A. 2009. Repairing relationships within and between organizations: building a conceptual foundation. Academy of Management Review, 34(1): 68-84.

    Edelman 2020 Trust Barometer Report. (2020). Edelman. https://www.edelman.com/trustbarometer

    Rousseau, D. M., Sitkin, S. B., Burt, R. S., & Camerer, C. 1998. Not so different after all: A cross-discipline view of trust. Academy of management review, 23(3): 393-404.




    The deadline for submissions is February 15, 2022 . All submissions must be uploaded to the Manuscript Central/Scholar One website (https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/amr ) between January 1, 2022 and February 15, 2022. Guidelines for contributors (https://aom.org/research/publishing-with-aom) and the AMR Style Guide for Authors must be followed.


    For questions about submissions, contact the managing editor via publications@aom.org. For questions about the content of this special topic forum, contact Cecily Cooper, (cecily@miami.edu), Audrey Korsgaard (korsgaard@moore.sc.edu). Aks Zaheer (azaheer@umn.edu), Laura Poppo (lpoppo2@unl.edu), Madan Pillutla (mpillutla@london.edu), or Kyle Mayer (kmayer@marshall.usc.edu).

    [M. Audrey Korsgaard
    Professor of Management
    Director, Riegel and Emory Human Resources Center
    Darla Moore School of Business
    University of South Carolina
    1014 Greene Street • Columbia, SC 29208