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By: Debra Meyerson, Karl E. Weick & Roderick M. Kramer

In: Trust in Organizations: Frontiers of Theory and Research

Chapter 9: Swift Trust and Temporary Groups

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Swift Trust and Temporary Groups
Swift trust and temporary groups
DebraMeyerson, Karl E.Weick, Roderick M.Kramer

January 1, 1991. The Grand Kempinski Hotel, Dallas, Texas. 9:00 a.m. “Crew Call.” About 35 people gather. Some are local. Some flew in overnight from here or there. Some drove in. The 35 encompass almost that many different technical disciplines. Many are meeting each other for the first time. Ten and one-half hours from now they will tape a two hour lecture (given by the author), which will become the centerpiece of an hour-long public television show. They'll tape it again the next day. Then they'll disperse, never again to work together in the same configuration.

Peters, Liberation Management (1992, p. 190)

This is the “Dallas Organization.” As Peters and others have noted, temporary ...

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