Reparing Integrity-based Trust in the Organization after Integrity Violations: The Ambivalence of Organizational Rule Adjustments

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This paper investigates how an organization attempts to repair trust after organizational-level integrity violations by examining the influence of organizational rules on trust repair. We reconstruct the prominent corruption case of Siemens AG, which has faced the greatest bribery scandal in the history of German business. Our findings suggest that tightening organizational rules is an appropriate signal of trustworthiness for external stakeholders to demonstrate that the organization seriously intends to prevent integrity violations in the future. However, such rule adjustments were the source of dissatisfaction among employees since the new rules were difficult to implement in practice. We argue that these different impacts of organizational rules result from their inherent paradoxical nature. To address this problem, we suggest managing an effective interplay between formal and informal rules.


Original languageEnglish
Number of pages31
JournalOrganization studies
Publication statusPublished - 2015

External IDs

Ieee 10.1177/0170840615585335



  • Integrity, corruption, organizational rules, trust repair, Organization, corruption