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Special Issue "Trust Management: Key Factor of the Sustainable Organizations Embedded in Network"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 May 2018

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Prof. Barbara Kożuch

Institute of Economics, Finance and Management, Jagiellonian University Kraków, 31-007 Kraków, Poland
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Interests: foundations of management sciences; systems and methods of management; project management and human resource management; multicultural management; conditions of efficient functioning of the public sector; particularly in regards to change management in health care; education; culture; public safety
Guest Editor
Prof. Adam Jabłoński

Institute of Management, WSB University Poznań, Faculty in Chorzów, 41-506 Poznań, Poland
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Phone: 0 606 364 500
Interests: trust management; networks; intellectual capital; public management; sustainable business; sustainable business models; business models; performance management; corporate social responsibility; value-based management

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Nowadays, trust is an important determinant of the development of modern organizations. Not only does it become an increasingly important element of the relationship between entities, but, above all, it positively influences the building of the organization's intellectual capital. This capital is differently classified, but always contains components that determine the potential of sustainable organizations, often in the human, social, relational, organizational and innovation dimensions. Trust is more often the key determinant of this capital (Kożuch, Lenart-Gansiniec, 2017). It can be differently defined. However, the basis of many definitions is building relationships focused on developing some kind of individual or inter-organizational link. Organizational trust is defined as authentic and advanced, which is the basis of all organized activities performed by people in the organization, largely due to such features as needing trust, developed through relationships, and the relationship with integrity and commitment. Thus, it is interesting to associate the category of trust with building the intellectual capital of the sustainable organization. Intellectual capital plays a special role here. It is a navigator and platform for achieving not only the competitive advantage of the sustainable organization but also the source of value creation in the short and long term. Then, this strategic hybrid composed of a business model, strategy and business processes is favorable to the development of intellectual capital (Jabłoński 2017). Trust is an element that ties this capital with relationships in business. This has an integrated character (R.C. Mayer, J. H. Davis, F. D. Schoorman 1995). Assuming that nowadays an important paradigm is the network paradigm, it is worth asking how the mechanism of building trust-based intellectual capital of the sustainable organization functions as its key asset in a network environment.

References:

Kożuch, B.; Lenart-Gansiniec, R. Trust and Knowledge Sharing. In Intuition, Trust, and Analytics; Liebowitz, L., Paliszkiewicz, J., Gołuchowski, J., Eds.; CRC Press, Taylor & Francis Group, Auerbach Publications: ‎Boca Raton, FL, USA, 2018.

Jabłoński, A. (Ed.) Conceptualization and operationalization of a strategic hybrid with a geometric approach. In Business Models, Strategies, Impacts and Challenges; Nova Publishers: New York, NY, USA, 2017.

Mayer, R.C.; Davis, J.H.; Schoorman, F.D. An Integrative Model of Organizational Trust. Acad. Manage. Rev. 1995, 20, 712–714.

Prof. Barbara Kożuch
Prof. Adam Jabłoński
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • trust management
  • networks
  • intellectual capital
  • sustainable organizations
  • sustainable business models
  • sustainable strategy
  • sustainable performance management
  • business continuity
  • sustainable value

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Open AccessArticle Managing Sustainable Use of Antibiotics—The Role of Trust
Sustainability 2018, 10(1), 143; doi:10.3390/su10010143
Received: 6 December 2017 / Revised: 3 January 2018 / Accepted: 5 January 2018 / Published: 9 January 2018
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Human overuse of antibiotics is the main driver of antibiotic resistance. Thus, more knowledge about factors that promote sustainable antibiotic use is urgently needed. Based upon findings from the management of other sustainability and collective action dilemmas, we hypothesize that interpersonal trust is
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Human overuse of antibiotics is the main driver of antibiotic resistance. Thus, more knowledge about factors that promote sustainable antibiotic use is urgently needed. Based upon findings from the management of other sustainability and collective action dilemmas, we hypothesize that interpersonal trust is crucial for people’s propensity to cooperate for the common objective. The aim of this article is to further our understanding of people’s antibiotic consumption by investigating if individuals’ willingness to voluntarily abstain from antibiotic use is linked to interpersonal trust. To fulfill the aim, we implement two empirical investigations. In the first part, we use cross-section survey data to investigate the link between interpersonal trust and willingness to abstain from using antibiotics. The second part is based on a survey experiment in which we study the indirect effect of trust on willingness to abstain from using antibiotics by experimentally manipulating the proclaimed trustworthiness of other people to abstain from antibiotics. We find that interpersonal trust is linked to abstemiousness, also when controlling for potential confounders. The survey experiment demonstrates that trustworthiness stimulates individuals to abstain from using antibiotics. In conclusion, trust is an important asset for preserving effective antibiotics for future generations, as well as for reaching many of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals. Full article
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Open AccessArticle The Role Played by Trust and Its Effect on the Competiveness of Logistics Service Providers in Hungary
Sustainability 2017, 9(12), 2303; doi:10.3390/su9122303
Received: 30 October 2017 / Revised: 7 December 2017 / Accepted: 8 December 2017 / Published: 12 December 2017
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This research focuses on the role of trust and the impact of its level on the revenue, earnings before tax and the degree of flexibility of logistics service providers (LSPs). More specifically, the role of the executive manager is examined in relation to
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This research focuses on the role of trust and the impact of its level on the revenue, earnings before tax and the degree of flexibility of logistics service providers (LSPs). More specifically, the role of the executive manager is examined in relation to the impact of business relationships (trust levels) within and between organizations. In addition, the analysis covers the development of revenue, earnings before tax and degree of flexibility of logistics service providers in the context of the role of the head manager. The data were collected from 51 logistics service providers in Hungary. The results show that the level of trust established in the organization (with the employees, co-workers etc.) has a positive impact on the earnings before tax. Furthermore, this paper confirms that the trust executive managers establish around them is an important performance factor which even consumers perceive and that it has major significance in terms of degree of flexibility. This research further increases our understanding of the role and importance of trust as a strategic success factor for LSPs. Full article
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Open AccessArticle (Dis)Trust, Control, and Project Success: From a Chinese Project Owner’s Perspective
Sustainability 2017, 9(11), 1936; doi:10.3390/su9111936
Received: 10 September 2017 / Revised: 16 October 2017 / Accepted: 23 October 2017 / Published: 31 October 2017
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This research aims to investigate the relationship between interorganizational trust and control and their effects on the project success from the perspective of project owners. Based on relevant literature and the actual situation in the Chinese construction industry, trust was classified as calculative
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This research aims to investigate the relationship between interorganizational trust and control and their effects on the project success from the perspective of project owners. Based on relevant literature and the actual situation in the Chinese construction industry, trust was classified as calculative trust and relational trust, and control was classified as outcome control, behavior control, and social control. Results show that project owners’ distrust of contractors is independent of project owners’ trust of contractors. Calculative trust has a positive influence on all kinds of control. Relational trust has negative impacts on outcome control and behavior control and positive impacts on social control. Of the three kinds of control, outcome and behavior control have negative impacts on social control. All constructs have positive impacts on project success. Project managers should be aware that distrust has a positive influence on project success through the mediation effects of control. Similarly, social control is the most influential type of control, influencing the controller to internalize norms to complete project tasks. Full article
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Title: Managing Sustainable Use of Antibiotics – The Role of Trust
Authors: Sverker C. Jagers, Björn Rönnerstrand and Felicia Robertson
Abstract: The adoption of the UN’s 17 sustainable development goals (SDGs) heralds a new era for health and development. The breadth of the new goals widens the scope of sustainable development from previously 21 up to 169 target goals, potentially providing a unique opportunity to promote “health in all policies” (SDG 3) and to find synergies at the intersection of health and many of the other SDGs. Although not included in the specific SDG targets, the need for accelerated progress in the area of antimicrobial resistance is emphasized in the UN resolution “Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development”. Antimicrobial resistance is estimated by the World Health Organization to already cause more than 700.000 people to die yearly from infections with resistant bacteria and the number will rise to 10 million by 2050 if the problem is left unchecked. There is thus a great need for a global sustainable consumption of antibiotics in order to prevent this negative future. An example of unsustainable consumption is individual overconsumption which has been linked to the growth of resistance. In this article, we are concerned with the managing of antibiotic consumption and we specifically ask under what conditions people are willing to adopt a more sustainable (abstemious) usage of antibiotics. Based upon findings from the study of a number of other common- and public goods (e.g., climate, fishery and clean water) we hypothesize that inter-personal and institutional trust are crucial for peoples’ propensity to limit their consumption. The study is separated into two parts where the first part examines stated behavior among individuals in Sweden using survey data. In order to establish causality in our findings, the second part is based upon a survey-experiment of anticipated stated behavior among Swedes. Using logistic regression, we find that interpersonal trust has a positive relationship with abstemiousness, also when controlling for a number of other factors. The subsequent survey experiment demonstrates that information on the cooperativeness of others result in an increasing likelihood to abstain antibiotics. With unique data on a Swedish sample, this study contributes to the understanding of the role of interpersonal trust for individual voluntary behavior in large-scale collective action dilemmas such as antibiotic use.

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