The relationships among asymmetry in task dependence, perceived helping behavior, and trust

Simon B. de Jong, Gerben S. Van der Vegt, Eric Molleman

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Abstract

Social relations analyses involving 132 working relationships among 60 individuals from 29 teams revealed that an increase in a team member's task dependence on another team member was associated with higher levels of perceived help from and interpersonal trust in that specific team member, provided the other member was highly task dependent on the focal member. The degree to which an actor perceived a relationship with a partner to be helpful partially mediated the relationship between task dependence and trust. These findings highlight the importance of attending to asymmetries in task dependence and provide valuable insights into mechanisms that can explain the development of trust in organizational work teams.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1625-1637
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Applied Psychology
Volume92
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2007
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • asymmetry in task dependence
  • perceived helping behavior
  • trust
  • multilevel analysis

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