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The dimensionality of workplace interpersonal trust and its relationship to workplace affective commitment

Jeffrey J Bagraim, Patricia Hime
SA Journal of Industrial Psychology | Vol 33, No 3 | a394 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/sajip.v33i3.394 | © 2007 Jeffrey J Bagraim, Patricia Hime | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 19 February 2007 | Published: 19 February 2007

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Jeffrey J Bagraim, University of Cape Town, South Africa
Patricia Hime, University of Cape Town, South Africa

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Trust is fundamental to the existence of human relationships, including the workplace relationship between employees and their co-workers and supervisors. This paper presents the results of a study that investigated the nature and dimensionality of interpersonal trust at work, specifically trust in co-workers and trust in supervisor. Survey questionnaire responses from 278 employees in four South African organisations were analysed. The research findings evidence that interpersonal trust is a multi-foci construct that is differentially related to corresponding foci of affective commitment.


Trust; Workplace Affective Commitment


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