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Advances in Psychological Science ›› 2014, Vol. 22 ›› Issue (8): 1282-1293.doi: 10.3724/SP.J.1042.2014.01282

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Swift Trust in Temporary Organizations: Conceptualization, Antecedents and Consequences

XIAO Yuchun; LI Weiyang   

  1. (1 School of Business Administration, Zhejiang Gongshang University, Hangzhou 310018, China) (2 Hangzhou Steam Turbine Co., Ltd, Hangzhou 310022, China)
  • Received:2013-06-18 Online:2014-08-15 Published:2014-08-15
  • Contact: XIAO Yuchun; LI Weiyang


Swift trust is a new field about trust research that suits temporary organizations characterized as swiftly formed, short-termed and complex. The concentration of swift trust on recognition, action and roles rather than on personalities, interpersonal forms and feelings in dyadic networking as traditional trust does is helpful to manage the issues of vulnerability, uncertainty, risk and expectations of temporary organizations. The article summarized the antecedents of swift trust which includes trust disposition, category and prototype, and role after introducing the concepts and measuring instruments of swift trust. Then the influences of swift trust on both the temporary team and the temporary system levels were analyzed. Future studies should make further researches on the affective factors, the measuring instruments and dimensions, the reciprocal effects between swift trust and leadership, the distrust in swift trust, and the dynamic development of swift trust.

Key words: swift trust, temporary organization, risk, virtual team