The Routledge Companion to Trust

by Rosalind H. Searle, Ann-Marie I. Nienaber, Sim B. Sitkin

Series: Routledge Companions in Business, Management and Accounting

In recent years, trust has enjoyed increasing interest from a wide range of parties, including organizations, policymakers, and the media. Perennially linked to turbulence and scandals, the damaging and rebuilding of trust is a contemporary concern affecting all areas of society.

Comprising six thematic sections, The Routledge Companion to Trust provides a comprehensive survey of trust research. With contributions from international experts, this volume examines the major topics and emerging areas within the field, including essays on the foundations, levels and theories of trust. It also examines trust repair and explores trust in settings such as healthcare, finance, food supply chains, and the internet.

The Routledge Companion to Trust is an extensive reference work which will be a vital resource to researchers and practitioners across the fields of management and organizational studies, behavioural economics, psychology, cultural anthropology, political science and sociology.



In The Press

"The Editors of The Routledge Companion to Trust should be congratulated for putting together an outstanding compendium of research and theory in the field of trust in the workplace. The contributors are leaders in the field and this work takes the field to a different league in terms of scholarship. This is a must buy for any academic, graduate student and practitioner interested in this very significant construct." - Sir Cary L. Cooper, CBE, is the 50th Anniversary Professor of Organizational Psychology and Health at the University of Manchester, UK.

"This volume on trust offers an interdisciplinary review of the big insights, key studies, and critical unanswered questions. Trust me: if you’re looking for a state-of-the-art guide to research in this area, you’ve come to the right place." Adam Grant, The Saul P. Steinberg Professor of Management and Psychology at Wharton, and the New York Times bestselling author of Give and Take, Originals, and Option B with Sheryl Sandberg

"Several decades of research has convincingly shown the role of trust as a catalyst in shaping organizational behavior and outcomes. This great volume brings together some of the latest thinking on trust and provides an excellent overview for researchers and practitioners alike." - Ranjay Gulati, Unit Head, Organizational Behavior, Harvard Business School, USA

"The topic of trust is foundational in organizational, political, and social life. This encyclopedic volume provides a comprehensive, research-based overview of what we know and what we need to know about trust in ways useful for both academic and practitioners. It is 'everything you need to know about trust' in one carefully curated place." - Jeffrey Pfeffer, Thomas D. Dee II Professor of Organizational Behavior, Graduate School of Business, Stanford University, USA

"This Routledge Companion to Trust contains chapters reflecting the current state of thinking and research on trust.  It is required reading for anyone engaged in trust theories, research, and practices. Trust me!" - Andrew H. Van de Ven, Professor Emeritus, University of Minnesota, USA


About The Author

Rosalind H. Searle is Professor of Human Resource Management and Organizational Psychology at the Adam Smith Business School, University of Glasgow, UK, and a chartered occupational psychologist.

Ann-Marie I. Nienaber is Professor in Human Resource Management and Organizational Behaviour at the Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations (CTPSR) at Coventry University and the Head of the Research Group: Trust and Workplace Relations. She is also affiliated to the Centre of Management, University of Munster, Germany.

Sim B. Sitkin is Michael W. Krzyzewski University Professor, Professor of Management, Professor of Public Policy, Director of the Behavioral Science & Policy Center, and Faculty Director of the Fuqua/Coach K Center on Leadership and Ethics at Duke University, USA.