Walking the line: Navigating the space between calculus-based and relational trust in construction supply chains

Pablo, Z, London, K and Khalfan, M 2016, 'Walking the line: Navigating the space between calculus-based and relational trust in construction supply chains', in Matthijs Prins, Hans Wamelink, Bob Giddings, Kihong Ku and Manon Feenstra (ed.) Proceedings of the CIB World Building Congress: Environmental Opportunities and Challenges (WBC 2016), Tampere, Finland, 30 May-3 June 2016, pp. 536-547.


Document type: Conference Paper
Collection: Conference Papers

Title Walking the line: Navigating the space between calculus-based and relational trust in construction supply chains
Author(s) Pablo, Z
London, K
Khalfan, M
Year 2016
Conference name WBC 2016: Constructing commitment and acknowledging human experiences
Conference location Tampere, Finland
Conference dates 30 May-3 June 2016
Proceedings title Proceedings of the CIB World Building Congress: Environmental Opportunities and Challenges (WBC 2016)
Editor(s) Matthijs Prins, Hans Wamelink, Bob Giddings, Kihong Ku and Manon Feenstra
Publisher Tampere University of Technology
Place of publication Tampere, Finland
Start page 536
End page 547
Total pages 12
Abstract Literature suggests that trust can take a number of forms, two notable ones being calculus-based and relational trust. Researchers have also argued that it is important to understand how these forms can be blended in different situations. However, there is limited empirical work that has explored how this blending can be managed in construction settings, where calculus-based forms of trust have often been overemphasized. In these situations, parties often depend excessively on contracts, incentives, and deterrents in ways that are counterproductive, perhaps even leading to distrust. Existing models of trust provide limited guidelines on how to achieve an optimal mix. We use qualitative case studies and actor-network approaches to explore these forms of trust, along with the movements between them, in two settings. Based on our findings, we argue that trust can initially emerge not just as calculus-based but also as dominantly relational and that trajectories of trust reflect complex, non-linear paths between the two pure forms. These findings allow us to enrich existing models that suggest that trust begins as entirely calculus-based and eventually changes to relational forms. We also point to potential areas for future work in terms of exploring the antecedents and outcomes of trust in various forms.
Subjects Building Construction Management and Project Planning
Keyword(s) trust
calculus-based
relational
capital
construction supply chains
Copyright notice Copyright © 2016 TUT - Tampere University of Technology
ISBN 9789521537424
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