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Pluralistic ignorance, risk perception, and the governance of the dark side in peer-to-peer transactions: Evidence from the Indian banking industry

Shubhabrata Basu, Preet S. Aulakh and Surender Munjal

Journal of Business Research, 2021, vol. 129, issue C, 328-340

Abstract: This paper investigates the role of pluralistic ignorance as a credible governance mechanism mitigating the emergence of the dark side in peer-to-peer transactions. Using the empirical context of the Indian banking industry, this paper identifies three underlying dimensions of pluralistic ignorance arising from firm, relationship, and institutional factors and links them to peer-to-peer transaction preferences, especially under conditions of uncertainty. By focusing on a particular type of interorganizational relationship that is recurrent but devoid of specific asset investment, this paper provides an alternative governance mechanism that complements the formal and relational contract-based approaches to mitigating the dark side in interorganizational transactions prevalent in the existing literature.

Keywords: Pluralistic ignorance; Dark-side governance mechanisms; Contagious risk perception; Peer-to-peer transaction; Nonperforming assets; Indian banks (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2021
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DOI: 10.1016/j.jbusres.2021.02.061

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