Why the epistemologies of trust researchers matter

Neve Isaeva, Reinhard Bachmann, Alexandra Bristow, Mark N.K. Saunders
2015 Journal of Trust Research  
In this thought piece we take stock of and evaluate the nature of knowledge production in the field of trust research by examining the epistemologies of 167 leading trust scholars, who responded to a short survey. Following a brief review of major epistemological perspectives we discuss the nature of the prevalent views and their geographical distribution within our field. We call on trust researchers to engage in epistemological reflection, develop their own awareness of alternative
more » ... ernative epistemologies, and ensure their work draws on and cites relevant research contrary to their preferred epistemological approach. To support this we ask editors of relevant journals to foster pluralism in trust research, publishing work from a range of epistemologies. ACKOWLEDGEMENT We are grateful to Don Ferrin, Peter Ping Li and Guido Möllering for their valuable comments and insight on an earlier draft.
doi:10.1080/21515581.2015.1074585 fatcat:lsbqbp5ncnbnnanvlxj3rcgnsy