Trust and respect in entrepreneurial information seeking behaviours

Thao Phuong Orrensalo*, Shahrokh Nikou

*Corresponding author for this work

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Trust has been a vital research topic in entrepreneurship research. Many researchers argue that trust gives the entrepreneurs legitimacy within the market, and it is considered as a factor for information behaviours. Meanwhile, respect is also mentioned as a fundamental for trust and a necessity for building entrepreneurial networks. Despite their significance and relevance, there is still a limited study focusing on the role of trust and respect in entrepreneurs’ information-seeking behaviour research. This paper, therefore, draws attention to this gap and strives to investigate how these two concepts impact entrepreneurs’ information-seeking behaviour. The results show that trust and respect are two fundamental aspects that influence entrepreneurs’ preference for information source selection. Furthermore, the findings show that both trust and respect act as a predominant factor for entrepreneurs to build and advance their relationships. Theoretical and practical implications and recommendations for future studies are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationWell-Being in the Information Society. Fruits of Respect - 8th International Conference, WIS 2020, Proceedings
EditorsMirella Cacace, Raija Halonen, Hongxiu Li, Thao Phuong Orrensalo, Gunilla Widén, Chenglong Li, Reima Suomi
Number of pages15
ISBN (Print)9783030578466
Publication statusPublished - 2020
Event8th International Conference on Well-Being in the Information Society, WIS 2020 - Turku, Finland
Duration: 26 Aug 202027 Aug 2020

Publication series

NameCommunications in Computer and Information Science
Volume1270 CCIS
ISSN (Print)1865-0929
ISSN (Electronic)1865-0937


Conference8th International Conference on Well-Being in the Information Society, WIS 2020

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  • Entrepreneur
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Information seeking behaviour
  • Respect
  • Social capital theory
  • Trust


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