Social Science Today

Social Science Today

ISSN: 2368-7169 (Print)    ISSN: 2368-7177 (Online)

Volume 4 (2018), No. 1, Pages 1-11

DOI: 10.12735/sst.v4n1p1

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The Decline in Organizational Transparency and the Loss of its Partner, Trust: A Restorative Agenda

John G. Bruhn1 

1Adjunct Professor of Sociology, Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, Arizona, USA


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In recent decades businesses, private and public corporations, and financial organizations have undergone scrutiny of their integrity and financial dealings with their clients, leading to severe declines in their reputations and skepticism about their morality. This has led to calls for greater transparency in organizations. Transparency alone will not make an organization ethical but practicing transparency is necessary if institutions and organizations are to regain the trust of their clients. A typology is presented which shows the choices available in creating transparent behavior in organizations. This paper views trust as the key to building transparent organizations supported by leaders and an organizational culture that supports transparency. Leaders and the cultures they create are the building blocks to trust and engaging others to do business with one another. More organizations could benefit by adopting more transparency practices.

JEL Classifications: Z1, Z130

Keywords: ethical behavior; organizational culture; transparency; transparency behavior; trust in organizations

To Cite this Article: Bruhn, J. G. (2018). The decline in organizational transparency and the loss of its partner, trust: A restorative agenda. Social Science Today, 4(1), 1-11.

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The Decline in Organizational Transparency and the Loss of its Partner, Trust: A Restorative Agenda