Faculty of Economics and Business Administration Publications Database

Can You Trust the Good Guys? Trust Within and Between Groups with Different Missions

Fehrler, Sebastian
Volume: 121
Number: 3
Pages: 400 - 404
Month: December
ISSN-Print: 0165-1765
Link External Source: Online Version
Year: 2013
Keywords: Social identity theory; Group identity; Trust; Trustworthiness; Discrimination; Organization

Non-governmental organizations and other non-profit organizations attract workers who strongly identify themselves with their missions. We study whether these “good guys” are more trustworthy, and how such pronounced group identities affect trust and trustworthiness within the groups and towards out-groups. We find that subjects who strongly identify themselves with a non-profit mission are more trustworthy in a minimal group setting but also harshly discriminate against out-groups when subjects are grouped by the missions they identify themselves with.