William Brent Felstead, Kenneth Cromer
Management guru Peter Drucker describes trust as an essential commodity of all businesses within all levels of business operations and relationships. Trust must be mutual and reciprocal between shareholder and managers, employees and employers, sellers and buyers, and government and business. The topic of trust has been studied for years within the fore mentioned relationships, and although unknown until recently, has now been examined between trade associations and their respected members. Psychological Contracts, Organizational trust and an availability of alternatives have been determined to be a crucial component in the make-up of trade associations and their success. The practical implications for general management from this study are substantial as Associations, commonly referred to as trade associations, are a force in the American economy as well as in global industry. With approximately 22,000 national trade associations, 115,000 associations with state, regional, or local scope in the United States, and approximately 22,300 multinational, binational, and non-US national associations operate internationally. This study not only contributes to the literature but can be used in application in general management of the trade association model to increase trust in member relations, member attraction and member retention.
Suggested Citation (APA 7th)
Felstead, W., Cromer, K. (2023). Examining Organizational Trust and Psychological Contracts Between Trade Associations and Their Members. International Journal of Applied Research in Business and Management, 4(1), 1-26. https://doi.org/10.51137/ijarbm.2023.4.1.1