A strategic action fields perspective on organizational trust repair

Bozic, B., Siebert, S. and Martin, G. (2019) A strategic action fields perspective on organizational trust repair. European Management Journal, 37(1), pp. 58-66. (doi: 10.1016/j.emj.2018.04.005)

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Abstract

While the extant literature on organizational trust repair has considered the agency and trust repair actions of individual organizations, it has neglected repair following trust-damaging events affecting specific industries. Drawing on the theory of strategic action fields we ask two research questions: (1) How do reputational scandals involving a few transgressing firms affect trust in the whole institutional field? (2) Do the transgressing firms repair trust in the same way as the blameless ones in the same field? To answer these questions we investigated four cases of retail organizations that engaged in trust repair actions following a food safety scandal, two widely held to have transgressed, and two that were held to be relatively blameless. We compared the trust repair strategies of both groups, finding that even the blameless organizations felt compelled to act to repair trust. However, blameless organizations also sought to differentiate themselves from the transgressing ones by using specific strategies to restore trust.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Siebert, Professor Sabina
Authors: Bozic, B., Siebert, S., and Martin, G.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > Adam Smith Business School > Management
Journal Name:European Management Journal
Publisher:Elsevier
ISSN:0263-2373
ISSN (Online):1873-5681
Published Online:03 May 2018
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2018 Elsevier
First Published:First published in European Management Journal 37(1):58-66
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher

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