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Subordinate's Trust in the Supervisor and its Impact on Organizational Effectiveness


  • Bilal Afsar

    () (Hazara University, Pakistan)

  • Bilal Bin Saeed

    () (COMSATS Abbottabad, Pakistan)


This study tested a model of trust-in-supervisor that included propensity to trust and supervisor attributes (i.e., ability, benevolence, and integrity) as antecedents and affective organizational commitment and helping intention as criterion outcomes. A field survey using a structured questionnaire was used to gather data from 255 white-collar employees from diverse occupations and organizations. Path analysis results showed that supervisor ability, benevolence, and integrity as well as employees' propensity to trust were positively associated with trust-in-supervisor. Trust-in-supervisor, in turn, predicted employees' affective organizational commitment but did not have any influence on their willingness to help co-workers. Implications of the findings and suggestions for future research are discussed.

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  • Bilal Afsar & Bilal Bin Saeed, 2010. "Subordinate's Trust in the Supervisor and its Impact on Organizational Effectiveness," Romanian Economic Journal, Department of International Business and Economics from the Academy of Economic Studies Bucharest, vol. 13(38), pages 3-25, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:rej:journl:v:13:y:2010:i:38:p:3-25

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    1. Manuela Goretti, 2008. "Wage-Price Setting in New EU Member States," IMF Working Papers 08/243, International Monetary Fund.
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    trust-in-supervisor; propensity to trust; affective commitment; helping intention;

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    • J01 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - General - - - Labor Economics: General


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