IDEAS home Printed from https://ideas.repec.org/p/ags/eaae99/7738.html
   My bibliography  Save this paper

Factors Influencing Trust-Supporting Mechanisms in European Agri-Food Chains

Author

Listed:
  • Fischer, Christian
  • Gonzalez, Maria A.
  • Henchion, Maeve M.
  • Leat, Philip M.K.

Abstract

The role of trust in eight selected agri-food chains in four EU countries is explored. The empirical analysis is based on a qualitative assessment of 28 expert interviews conducted in summer/autumn 2005. The findings suggest that trust is more pronounced among SMEs which are characterised by the existence of personal relationships between business partners. However, as is clear for pork breeders, if a source of distrust exists, trust may not fully develop. Also, if the general economic situation is difficult, the development of trust may be hampered, because all chain participants are struggling to command a share of a diminishing margin within the chain. Finally, if economic power is distributed unevenly, as is the case in Germany, Ireland, Spain and the UK where retailers dominate most chains, trust towards the more powerful may be limited.

Suggested Citation

  • Fischer, Christian & Gonzalez, Maria A. & Henchion, Maeve M. & Leat, Philip M.K., 2006. "Factors Influencing Trust-Supporting Mechanisms in European Agri-Food Chains," 99th Seminar, February 8-10, 2006, Bonn, Germany 7738, European Association of Agricultural Economists.
  • Handle: RePEc:ags:eaae99:7738
    as

    Download full text from publisher

    File URL: http://purl.umn.edu/7738
    Download Restriction: no

    References listed on IDEAS

    as
    1. Chen, Yongmin, 2000. "Promises, Trust, and Contracts," Journal of Law, Economics, and Organization, Oxford University Press, vol. 16(1), pages 209-232, April.
    Full references (including those not matched with items on IDEAS)

    Corrections

    All material on this site has been provided by the respective publishers and authors. You can help correct errors and omissions. When requesting a correction, please mention this item's handle: RePEc:ags:eaae99:7738. See general information about how to correct material in RePEc.

    For technical questions regarding this item, or to correct its authors, title, abstract, bibliographic or download information, contact: (AgEcon Search). General contact details of provider: http://edirc.repec.org/data/eaaeeea.html .

    If you have authored this item and are not yet registered with RePEc, we encourage you to do it here. This allows to link your profile to this item. It also allows you to accept potential citations to this item that we are uncertain about.

    If CitEc recognized a reference but did not link an item in RePEc to it, you can help with this form .

    If you know of missing items citing this one, you can help us creating those links by adding the relevant references in the same way as above, for each refering item. If you are a registered author of this item, you may also want to check the "citations" tab in your RePEc Author Service profile, as there may be some citations waiting for confirmation.

    Please note that corrections may take a couple of weeks to filter through the various RePEc services.

    IDEAS is a RePEc service hosted by the Research Division of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis . RePEc uses bibliographic data supplied by the respective publishers.