Towards an Interdisciplinary Conceptualization of Trust: A Typological Approach

Peter Ping Li

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Adopting a diversity-in-unity perspective that identifies all shared dimensions and typical delineations, both as structure-similar yet content-diverse configurations, this paper proposes an interdisciplinary conceptualization of trust with primary trust ideal-types. This conceptualization contains three components: (i) a typology of four trust dimensions related to trust conditions and trust functions; (ii) a typology of four trust delineations derived from the four trust dimensions; and (iii) a typology of four trust ideal-types built upon the first two typologies. These typologies joindy serve as a salient platform to unify the fragmented trust literature.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)421-445
Number of pages25
JournalManagement and Organization Review
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2007
Externally publishedYes


  • diversity-in-unity
  • duality
  • trust-as-attitude
  • trust-as-choice
  • typology of trust

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business and International Management
  • Strategy and Management


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