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Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Whitmore, Corrie Baird
Author's Email Address corriew@vt.edu
URN etd-05102007-134424
Title Development of trust in leadership: Exploring a cognitive process model.
Degree Master of Science
Department Psychology
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Foti, Roseanne J. Committee Chair
Donovan, John J. Committee Member
Hauenstein, Neil M. A. Committee Member
Keywords
  • transformational leadership
  • leader integrity
  • trust
  • leadership
  • cognitive process model
  • organizational justice
  • leader prototypicality
  • cognitive trust
Date of Defense 2007-02-23
Availability unrestricted
Abstract
This thesis explored the cognitive, character-inference process that Dirks & Skarlicki (2004) assert contributes to trust development. Self-reported transformational leadership, leader integrity, organizational justice, and leader prototypicality correlated positively with cognitive trust in this sample of 81 student employees (63% female, mean age 20.5) of a large southeastern university. Leader prototypicality, a cognitive evaluation process, partially mediated the relationship between leader integrity and trust. This study’s prime contribution was the longitudinal, empirical test of a model of trust development in interdependent leader-follower dyads. Future research may explore other antecedents of trust, assess how the cognitive process of trust development occurs, or investigate the relationship-based social exchange mechanism Dirks and Skarlicki (2004) suggest contributes to the development of affective trust.
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