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Development of trust in the CEO-chair relationship

Development of trust in the CEO-chair relationship PurposeThe purpose of this paper is to explore the trust development in the dyadic relationship of CEO and chair of the board.Design/methodology/approachA narrative approach is adopted to examine the meanings that CEOs and chairpersons give to trust in their relationship, and to explore trust as an evolving phenomenon that can increase or decline over the course of the relationship. The data include 16 CEO-chair dyads from Finnish limited companies.FindingsThe results suggest that trust may exist on different levels and evolve in various ways during the course of the relationship. Integrity and agreement on company strategy are proposed to form the foundation for trust in the CEO-chair relationship, whereas ability and benevolence are necessary for trust to develop to a higher level.Research limitations/implicationsStudying trust development based on the data generated at one point of time and in only one country are the major limitations of the study.Practical implicationsIt is proposed that the level of trust influences value creation in the relationship.Originality/valueThe study adds to the limited number of previous studies on the CEO-chair relationship and contributes to the literature on trust development by making visible the viewpoint of both partners, and the meaning of the different components of trust. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Baltic Journal of Management Emerald Publishing

Development of trust in the CEO-chair relationship

Baltic Journal of Management , Volume 12 (3): 18 – Jul 3, 2017

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Emerald Publishing
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Copyright © Emerald Group Publishing Limited
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1746-5265
DOI
10.1108/BJM-02-2017-0029
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Abstract

PurposeThe purpose of this paper is to explore the trust development in the dyadic relationship of CEO and chair of the board.Design/methodology/approachA narrative approach is adopted to examine the meanings that CEOs and chairpersons give to trust in their relationship, and to explore trust as an evolving phenomenon that can increase or decline over the course of the relationship. The data include 16 CEO-chair dyads from Finnish limited companies.FindingsThe results suggest that trust may exist on different levels and evolve in various ways during the course of the relationship. Integrity and agreement on company strategy are proposed to form the foundation for trust in the CEO-chair relationship, whereas ability and benevolence are necessary for trust to develop to a higher level.Research limitations/implicationsStudying trust development based on the data generated at one point of time and in only one country are the major limitations of the study.Practical implicationsIt is proposed that the level of trust influences value creation in the relationship.Originality/valueThe study adds to the limited number of previous studies on the CEO-chair relationship and contributes to the literature on trust development by making visible the viewpoint of both partners, and the meaning of the different components of trust.

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Baltic Journal of ManagementEmerald Publishing

Published: Jul 3, 2017

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