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Trust and New Technologies

Trust and New Technologies

Marketing and Management on the Internet and Mobile Media

Edited by Teemu Kautonen and Heikki Karjaluoto

Trust and New Technologies presents versatile new research that illustrates the different roles that trust plays in the marketing and management of new technologies.

Chapter 14: Reengineering Trust in Global Information Systems

Semir Daskapan and Ana Cristina Costa

Subjects: business and management, knowledge management, marketing, innovation and technology, knowledge management, technology and ict


Semir Daskapan and Ana Cristina Costa INTRODUCTION Trust is a success factor in achieving effective cooperation within and between organizations spread over different areas. Trust becomes a vital concept when there are significant risks involved and when there is uncertainty about future consequences of a particular interaction (Rousseau et al., 1998). A transaction is a specific instance of an interaction, when it concerns the exchange of values between two parties. The higher the importance of the exchanged goods and services between the organizations, the more critical trust becomes between the negotiating end points. As the Internet expands and social and business relationships come to rely more on computer based interactions, many inter-organizational collaborations shift from face-to-face based interactions to virtual interactions (email, virtual meetings, video-conferencing, e-learning, and so on). On the one hand, this shift from real business towards e-business enables companies to conduct their global transactions as simply as local transactions. On the other hand, the trust relation between humans is implicitly mandated to the network between computers or telephones in different organizations. Without precautions this implicit mandate can be subverted. So, in order to maintain the trust relation between humans we also need to understand how organizations and computers trust each other and mediate the mandated human trust. As such, there is a need for reengineering trust as a result of border-crossing information systems of globally operating companies. In this chapter we argue that a distinction needs to be made between real trust...

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