Trust-builder: A first-run study on active trust-building Conference Paper uri icon


  • Despite being a common theme in company mission statements and core values, the role of trust receives little to no active consideration on the construction jobsite. This research attempts to lay the foundation for additional research into trust-building in construction by determining whether or not trust can be actively and deliberately managed by a conscientious and regular analysis of current and upcoming relationships. Three key findings from the literature provide the groundwork for this research: (1) high levels of trust between project participants increase productivity and enhance team performance; (2) trust is built or broken as a cumulative result of our actions and behaviors; and (3) trust levels can be accurately measured. Using student groups as a sample, we tested to see if specific trust-building interventions could be effectively introduced into group interactions. Results show some support for the theory that individuals who deliberately initiated trust-building interventions perceived a higher overall change in trust level towards their peers than other participants.

published proceedings

  • 22nd Annual Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction: Understanding and Improving Project Based Production, IGLC 2014

author list (cited authors)

  • Smith, J. P., Rybkowski, Z. K., Bergman, M., & Shepley, M.

complete list of authors

  • Smith, JP||Rybkowski, ZK||Bergman, M||Shepley, M

publication date

  • January 2014