Trust as a predictor of innovation network ties in project teams

Shazi, Rahmat, Gillespie, Nicole and Steen, John (2015) Trust as a predictor of innovation network ties in project teams. International Journal of Project Management, 33 1: 81-91. doi:10.1016/j.ijproman.2014.06.001

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Author Shazi, Rahmat
Gillespie, Nicole
Steen, John
Title Trust as a predictor of innovation network ties in project teams
Journal name International Journal of Project Management   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0263-7863
Publication date 2015-01-01
Year available 2014
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.ijproman.2014.06.001
Open Access Status File (Author Post-print)
Volume 33
Issue 1
Start page 81
End page 91
Total pages 11
Place of publication Kidlington, Oxford, United Kingdom
Publisher Pergamon
Language eng
Subject 1403 Business and International Management
1405 Management of Technology and Innovation
Abstract We examine the influence of trust on the formation of social network ties for the idea generation and idea realisation stages of innovation. Drawing on data from 153 employees working in project teams at two firms, we find two dimensions of trustworthiness, Ability and Benevolence, predict tie formation for both idea generation and idea realisation, whereas Integrity predicts tie formation for idea generation only. Moderation analyses across both firms and stages of innovation reveal that a lack of benevolence makes ability largely irrelevant as a criterion for choosing a partner for innovation activities, whereas high benevolence increases the extent to which ability influences partner choice. Additionally, a lack of integrity makes ability either irrelevant or a negative criterion for partner section. Overall the results suggest that people need to perceive others as benevolent and not lacking in integrity in order to seek out their skills and knowledge for innovation in project teams.
Keyword Innovation
Social networks
Trust and trustworthiness
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Published online ahead of print 2 July 2014

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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