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Do cooperative enterprises create social trust?

Fabio Sabatini (), Francesca Modena () and Ermanno Tortia ()

Small Business Economics, 2014, vol. 42, issue 3, 621-641

Abstract: This article contributes to the literature by carrying out the first empirical investigation into the role of different types of enterprises in the creation of social trust. Drawing on a unique data set collected through the administration of a questionnaire to a representative sample of the population of the Italian Province of Trento in March 2011, we find that cooperatives are the only type of enterprise where the work environment fosters the social trust of workers. Copyright Springer Science+Business Media New York 2014

Keywords: Cooperative enterprises; Nonprofit organizations; Trust; Social capital; Motivations; Inclusive governance; Work organization; L31; L33; P13; Z1; Z13; L26 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2014
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