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FINT 2023: Helsinki, Finland

12th Workshop: Trust Within and Between Organizations

Researchers across the globe studying trust are invited to connect at the 12th workshop on Trust within and between organizations, to be held in Helsinki, Finland, June 14-17, 2023. The workshop provides an inspiring and inclusive forum and venue to develop theoretical and practical knowledge on trust. It will be organized by First International Network on Trust (FINT), LUT University, and University of Eastern Finland (UEF), and co-sponsored by Institute for Research in Social Sciences (IRiSS) Stanford University.

Trust is a fundamental element in organizing human activity. It has a focal role in enhancing communication, collaboration, and commitment in private, public, third sector organizations, and social movements. Trust connects people and enables collective value co-creation, yet the current social, economic, technological, and political changes challenge trust as we know it. The world is facing severe challenges that cannot be solved without human collaboration.

Whether the question is about creating better work life in fast changing workplaces where employees, temporary workforce, and advanced technologies such as artificial intelligence are used for enhanced human-machine productivity; or solving complex tasks related to climate change, datafication, privacy and peace where supra-national efforts of companies, governments and NGOs must be aligned for results; or solutions for other grand societal challenges related to aging, health, migration and safety, trust is essential for collective action at local, national and international arenas.

In addition to problem-solving, trust is essential in sensing and seizing the opportunities, getting relevant stakeholder engagement, and building communities for change. Disruptions together with digitalization create not only challenges but opportunities for value creation and an adaptive space for enhanced sustainability, meaningful work, and life. Right now, research and practice in trust is more critical than ever.

Researchers’ shared interest in trust has made FINT a welcoming and inclusive community, where senior and junior researchers across disciplines and different methodological interests come together to develop and discuss new ideas related to trust.

For the first time in its history, FINT will host its workshop in Nordic countries. Recognizing that trust is a concept that crosses disciplinary boundaries and impacts numerous facets of individual, group and organizational processes and outcomes, we encourage submissions reflecting diverse disciplines, literatures, and phenomena. We welcome new theoretical perspectives and empirical evidence based on qualitative or quantitative inquiry. We welcome both junior and senior contributor representatives of the academic and practitioner communities.