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Development of Trust: A Study of Interfirm Relationships in Vietnam

Thang Nguyen, Marc Weinstein () and Alan Meyer ()

Asia Pacific Journal of Management, 2005, vol. 22, issue 3, 235 pages

Abstract: The radical political and economic reforms sweeping through former socialist countries during the last decade have opened rich opportunities for privately owned businesses to emerge and develop. Since the market institutions and infrastructures in these countries are largely underdeveloped, private firms in transition economies rely extensively on interfirm partnerships. This raises the question of how—in the absence of institutions that legitimate markets, contracts, and private property—managers of new business ventures develop new relationships. This paper addresses this issue through analysis of multiple subcontracting relationships formed at a private garment company in Vietnam. This analysis suggests that firms in transition economies develop interfirm trust in ways that are quite different from their counterparts in more highly developed economies. Copyright Springer Science + Business Media, Inc. 2005

Keywords: interfirm trust; Vietnam; small business (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2005
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