Context-Specific Dimensions of Trust in Manager, Subordinate and Co-Worker in Organizations

Ferda Erdem, Janset Özen-Aytemur


The purpose of this study is to determine the dimensions of trust relationship among managers, subordinates and the co-workers in organizations. Using an original trust questionnaire data has been collected from 550 middle-level managers from organizations operating in different regions of Turkey. Results from both qualitative and quantitative research methods indicate that the dimensions of trust vary in organizational relationships between managers and subordinates and between co-workers and furthermore, that a culture-specific meaning is attributed to its content. This study contributes to trust literature developing three original sub-scales and also it indicates that the meaning of trust in organizational relationships is influenced by cultural context.


Organizational trust, Trust in co-worker, Trust in manager, Trust scale, Trust in subordinate.

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