The influence of communication richness, self-interest, and relational trust on banks' knowledge about firms within the small-cap debt finance markets

Patrick A. Saparito, Shanthi Gopalakrishnan

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Abstract

Knowledge about small firms' circumstances in the debt finance markets is unevenly dispersed. Since efficient debt markets depend upon banks' adequate knowledge to make investment decisions, the mechanisms by which knowledge is transferred become particularly salient. Using information richness and structural embeddedness theories, we examined knowledge transfer within this context. We used survey data from 914 firms and found a positive association between firms' use of rich communication modes with the bank and a banks' knowledge about the firm. We unexpectedly found no significant relationship between firms' assumptions of aligned self-interest and knowledge transfer to banks but did find a strong positive association between firms' relational trust in banks and knowledge transfer. We also found that as communication forms become richer, self-interest becomes positively associated with knowledge transfer while and relational trust has a weaker positive association with knowledge transfer.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)436-447
Number of pages12
JournalIEEE Transactions on Engineering Management
Volume56
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 2 2009

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Strategy and Management
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

Keywords

  • Banking
  • Information technology
  • Knowledge transfer
  • Trust

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