Title

Understanding Interpersonal Trust in a Confucian Influenced Society: An Exploratory Study

Publication Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

2005

Abstract

Adopting a qualitative methodology, this exploratory study examined the construct of trust and its factors of trustworthiness as perceived in a Confucian-influenced society. The findings of our study indicated that there are emic differences in the meaning of trust as perceived in a Confucian-influenced setting. Specifically, we found a heavy reliance on affective factors of trustworthiness in the decision to trust. In addition, we found a number of factors unique to the context that facilitates the development of trust: diligence, perseverance, filial piety, thriftiness, respect for authority, a shared value of collective effort, harmonious relationship in the office, humbleness and magnanimous behavior. Implications are drawn and future research directions suggested.

Discipline

Asian Studies | Business | Organizational Behavior and Theory

Research Areas

Organisational Behaviour and Human Resources

Publication

International Journal of Cross Cultural Management

Volume

5

Issue

2

First Page

197

Last Page

212

ISSN

1470-5958

Identifier

10.1177/1470595805054493

Publisher

SAGE

Additional URL

http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1470595805054493