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Handbook of Research Methods on Trust

Handbook of Research Methods on Trust

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Edited by Fergus Lyon, Guido Möllering and Mark N.K. Saunders

The Handbook of Research Methods on Trust provides an authoritative in-depth consideration of quantitative and qualitative methods for empirical study of trust in the social sciences. As this topic has matured, a growing number of practical approaches and techniques has been utilised across the broad, multidisciplinary community of trust research, providing both insights and challenges. This unique Handbook draws together a wealth of research methods knowledge gained by trust researchers into one essential volume. The contributors examine different methodological issues and particular methods, as well as share their experiences of what works, what does not work, challenges and innovations.

Chapter 6: Trust and Social Capital: Challenges for Studying their Dynamic Relationship

Boris F. Blumberg, José M. Peiró and Robert A. Roe

Subjects: business and management, organisation studies, research methods in business and management, research methods, qualitative research methods, research methods in business and management


1 Boris F. Blumberg, José M. Peiró2 and Robert A. Roe INTRODUCTION In this chapter the dynamic nature of trust and social capital is explored. By showing how networks and social capital change over time, the challenges of measuring trust within these networks are set out and the implications for researching trust using longitudinal studies are identified. The idea that trust is an important phenomenon in social networks has been acknowledged by many researchers. It is commonly assumed that a certain degree of trust among members is necessary for a social network to emerge and be maintained. A decline of trust can easily result in erosion or rupture of a social network. Several researchers have linked the notion of trust to social capital, suggesting that resource sharing by network members depends on their trust in one another. Trust has even been seen as an inherent part of social capital. In this chapter we present another view of the relation between trust and social capital. In contrast to earlier work in which trust was seen as part of social capital we consider trust as a factor in the dynamics of social networks that affects both the use of social capital and its effects. Taking a dynamic look at trust, we reflect on how declining and increasing trust will influence the magnitude of social capital as well as its depletion and its replenishment after having been used. Investigating this model empirically poses several challenges to researchers. At present dynamic research is...

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