This article develops and tests a model of reciprocal trust between supervisor and subordinate. Drawing from literature on trust and control and on the approach/inhibition theory of power, the authors present a model in which supervisor trust is suggested to enhance subordinate reciprocal trust through increased work-related autonomy and a heightened sense of power. The mediator analysis using the two-level full structural model confirmed that the relationship between supervisor trust and subordinate trust was partially mediated by the suggested chain of variables. The article responds to a call for empirical studies on reciprocal trust and offers a complementary mechanism for trust building beside characteristics and relationship-based approaches.
|Number of pages||24|
|Journal||European Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology|
|Publication status||Published - Dec 2011|
|MoE publication type||A1 Journal article-refereed|
- Reciprocal trust
- Sense of power
- Supervisor-subordinate relationship