FR-P02-017-interactive - To Trust or not to trust? A contribution to the Italian validation of the Trust in teams scale.

Group and team processes
Interactive Poster Presentation
1 hour 30 minutes
O'Brien Foyer
Teams and workgroups
Group and team processes
To Trust or not to trust? A contribution to the Italian validation of the Trust in teams scale.
S. Donati*, S. Zappalà 1
1University of Bologna, Cesena, Italy
Content: Purpose: Trust in teams is a 21-item multidimensional questionnaire to assess trust within teams, published by Costa and Anderson in 2011. Trust is conceptualized as a latent factor resulting from 4 distinct but related indicators: propensity to trust and perceived trustworthiness as reflective indicators, cooperative and monitoring behaviours as behavioural indicators. The instrument was tested with employees working in the Dutch economic context and results suggest that trust is positively related with perceived task performance, team satisfaction, and relationship commitment, and negatively related with stress. At the moment, there’s no validation of the scale in the Italian context; the present paper describes a first effort to develop an Italian version.
Design/Methodology: two samples were used to test factor structure, internal homogeneity, construct validity, intra-team agreement and discriminant power across teams; also, we tested if the trust in teams scale is correlated to team processes (shared leadership and team identification) and team outputs (team performance, team satisfaction and organizational commitment).
In Study 1 a sample of post-graduate students (N = 123, % 68 females; 29 teams) was used to test the original four-factor model of the trust in team scale using an Exploratory Factor Analysis. Study 2 included responses from 28 teams (N = 101 entrepreneurs and top-managers, 21% females) from different interfirm collaborations and a Confirmatory Factor Analysis was used.
Results: the results attested a four-factor structure with good internal homogeneity and consensual power of agreement within teams; trust is positively related with team processes and outputs.
Limitations: teams of students and entrepreneurs were involved in different types of tasks and both the samples are different from the original samples used by Costa and Anderson.
Originality/Value. This is a first study aiming to validate the trust in teams scale in the Italian versions.


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