Exploring Interpersonal Trust in the Entrepreneurial Venture

By Mark Dibben
February 2000
Macmillan UK
ISBN: 0333779002
328 pages
$132.50 hardcover

Although the subject of trust has received increasing attention in the fields of organisation studies and, to some extent, entrepreneurship, the field has, to date, largely been characterised by theoretical work which, though useful, is still often difficult - if not impossible to operationalise. This book adopts an alternative view to the scientific, modernist approach to organisational study, moving beyond a simple study of trust in organisations to tackle some of the more fundamental philosophical issues that surround management studies and entrepreneurship.

Foreword by Richard T.Harrison
Introducing Trust in the Entrepreneurial Venture
First Study
Theoretical Implications from the First Study
Second Study
Third Study
Conclusion: Trust as Process

Author Biography:
MARK R.DIBBEN lectures in International Business and Entrepreneurship at the University of St Andrews. His research interests include trust, social informatics, concepts of 'good faith', organisational emergence and development, interpersonal dynamics in both public sector management and international negotiations, the sociology of entrepreneurship and process metaphysics. He is a research associate with a leading Scottish management consultancy.

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