This article examines the role of trust and government agency in the creation and evolution of interoganizational cooperation among entrepreneurial ventures in general and the influence of trust on development trajectories in particular. The multiple-case approach used draws on five in-depth case studies adopting a focal firm perspective. Trust is shown to play a critical role in the formation, maintenance and transformation of interorganizational cooperative relationships whereas its absence results in discontinuation. Moreover, the results suggest that government agency may unintentionally destroy existing, well-functioning cooperations.
Entrepreneurship: Theory and Practice, 2006, Vol 30, Issue 4, July, p. 519-539