Handbook of Advances in Trust Research

Handbook of Advances in Trust Research

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Edited by Reinhard Bachmann and Akbar Zaheer

The Handbook of Advances in Trust Research presents new and important developments in trust research. The contributors are all prominent and highly respected experts in the field. Firstly, they provide a contemporary overview of the most crucial issues in current trust research including contracts, innovation and negotiation, trust and control. Thereafter, themes which have gained prominence since the original Handbook are considered, such as trust and the financial crisis, public trust in business, and trust and HRM. The book also explores recent theoretical advances and points the way for future research on trust.

Chapter 2: The role of trust in negotiation processes

Roy J. Lewicki and Beth Polin

Subjects: business and management, organisation studies


The purpose of this chapter is to examine the role of trust in the negotiation process. While there have been thousands of studies on the nature of negotiation and factors that contribute to its effectiveness or ineffectiveness, only a remarkably small handful of studies have actually examined the role of trust. This chapter will attempt to serve three objectives. First, we will develop the case for the importance of trust in negotiation – the rationale for what trust contributes to an effective negotiation or how distrust detracts from an effective negotiation. Second, we will examine what the research literature has shown about the importance of trust –taken both as an independent and dependent variable – in the negotiation process. That is, we will show how trust contributes to an effective negotiation, and how types of negotiation can contribute to, or detract from, trust. In doing so, we will identify several gaps and challenges in the research literature on the trust–negotiation relationship, and also offer insight on ways that damaged trust can be repaired. Finally, we will highlight some of the research that remains to be done in order to underscore the critical role that trust plays in the negotiation give-and-take.

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