Trust-building and Boundary-spanning in Global Collaborations

Thomas Tøth, Anne-Marie Søderberg

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This book chapter focuses on inter-organizational boundary-spanning activities in the context of global software development projects. An analytical framework is introduced for a better understanding of boundary spanners’ various roles in developing and maintaining trustful and sustainable client-vendor relations in complex, globally distributed projects. But first and foremost a model is developed that integrates trust development as a key boundary-spanning activity. With an outset in a model of boundary-spanning leadership it is shown how trust and trustworthiness has an impact throughout the boundary-spanning process. By emphasising that perceived trustworthiness and ultimately trust are important facets of boundary spanning, this chapter offers a contribution to boundary-spanning theory. First, by introducing the concept of trust-preparatory boundary-spanning activities; and second by discussing different modes of boundary spanning, and suggesting a distinction between the boundary spanner as a connector and as an intermediate.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTrust Building and Boundary Spanning in Cross-border Management
EditorsMichael Zhang
Number of pages17
Place of PublicationAbingdon
Publication date2018
ISBN (Print)9780415347563
ISBN (Electronic)9781315229355
Publication statusPublished - 2018
SeriesRoutledge Studies in Trust Research

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