Cooperative and competitive structures of trust relations in teams

Lusher, Dean, Kremer, Peter and Robins, Garry 2014, Cooperative and competitive structures of trust relations in teams, Small group research, vol. 45, no. 1, pp. 3-36, doi: 10.1177/1046496413510362.

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Title Cooperative and competitive structures of trust relations in teams
Author(s) Lusher, Dean
Kremer, PeterORCID iD for Kremer, Peter
Robins, Garry
Journal name Small group research
Volume number 45
Issue number 1
Start page 3
End page 36
Total pages 34
Publisher Sage Publications
Place of publication Thousand Oaks, Calif.
Publication date 2014
ISSN 1046-4964
Keyword(s) Social network analysis
Intra-group relations
Exponential random graph models
Summary This article argues that it is not just trust-generating but also trust-inhibiting mechanisms that operate in teams, and that these cooperative and competitive structures of interpersonal relations of trust within teams may affect team performance. Specifically, we propose that the presence of trust-generating structures (e.g., reciprocity, trusting in the referrals of others we trust, trusting in high performers and more experienced people) and the absence of trust-inhibiting structures (e.g., not trusting in the referrals of others we trust) are more likely to be associated with successful teams. Using exponential random graph models, a particular class of statistical model for social networks, we examine three professional sporting teams from the Australian Football League for the presence and absence of these mechanisms of interpersonal relations of trust. Quantitative network results indicate a differential presence of these postulated structures of trust relations in line with our hypotheses. Qualitative comparisons of these quantitative findings with team performance measures suggest a link between trust-generating and trust-inhibiting mechanisms of trust and team performance. Further theorization on other trust-inhibiting structures of trust relations and related empirical work is likely to shed further light on these connections.
Language eng
DOI 10.1177/1046496413510362
Field of Research 170114
Socio Economic Objective 970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
HERDC collection year 2013
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