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The role of competence‐based trust and organizational identification in continuous improvement

Hyun‐Jung Lee (Department of Industrial Relations, London School of Economics, London, UK)

Journal of Managerial Psychology

ISSN: 0268-3946

Article publication date: 1 September 2004

Abstract

This paper investigates the role of individuals' competence‐based trust and organizational identification (OI) in employees' continuous improvement efforts. The data were collected in a high‐tech multinational joint venture company with a sample of over 490 shop floor workers. The results show that trust is positively related to continuous improvement efforts when employees strongly identify with the organization. For individuals whose OI is weaker, however, trust is not positively related to continuous improvement. OI, on the other hand, not only moderated the relationship between trust and continuous improvement efforts, but also had a strong and positive impact on employees' continuous improvement efforts. Managerial implications are discussed.

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Citation

Lee, H. (2004), "The role of competence‐based trust and organizational identification in continuous improvement", Journal of Managerial Psychology, Vol. 19 No. 6, pp. 623-639. https://doi.org/10.1108/02683940410551525

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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