Trust within and between organizations – FINT Conference 2023 in Helsinki, Finland
Event dates
Helsinki, Finland

FINT goes to Nordic countries – Welcome to Helsinki, Finland!

Since 2000, trust researchers have met to discuss all matters trust. In first FINT workshop on Trust within and between organizations held in Amsterdam there were 20 persons doing research on trust, now FINT mailing list has over 770 researchers from all over the globe, across different disciplines, all sharing the interest in trust. 

Researchers’ shared interest in trust has made FINT a welcoming and inclusive community, where senior and junior researchers across disciplines and different methodological interests come together to develop and discuss new ideas related to trust.

Call for papers 

Trust is a fundamental element in organizing human activity. It has a focal role in enhancing communication, collaboration, and commitment in private, public, third sector organizations, and social movements. Trust connects people and enables collective value co-creation, yet the current social, economic, technological, and political changes challenge trust as we know it. The world is facing severe challenges that cannot be solved without human collaboration.

Whether the question is about creating better work life in fast changing workplaces where employees, temporary workforce, and advanced technologies such as artificial intelligence are used for enhanced human-machine productivity; climate change, datafication, privacy and peace, where supra-national efforts of companies, governments and NGOs must be aligned for results; or solutions for other grand societal challenges related to aging, health, migration and safety, trust is essential for collective action at local, national and international arenas

In addition to problem-solving, trust is essential in sensing and seizing the opportunities, getting relevant stakeholder engagement, and building communities for change. Disruptions together with digitalization create not only challenges but opportunities for value creation and an adaptive space for enhanced sustainability, meaningful work, and life. In times like this, research and practice in trust is more critical than ever.

FINT's 12th workshop calls for theoretical and empirical papers that provide insight into the nature and dynamics of trust in this fast-changing context.  

As always, our community for trust research welcomes various topics, research designs, theories and methods, and papers from first cut to finished work. We call for timely papers addressing contemporary societal challenges; and are open to relevant research questions on trust. We invite the submission of proposals for symposia, thematic panels, interactive workshops, and other innovative sessions, in addition to individual papers.

In tradition of FINT workshops, our intention is to provide an inspiring and inclusive forum in which we develop our theoretical and practical knowledge on trust within a supportive scholarly community. 

For the first time in its history, FINT will host its workshop in Nordic countries to be held in Finland, Helsinki June 14 - 17, 2023. Recognizing that trust is a concept that crosses disciplinary boundaries and impacts numerous facets of individual, group and organizational processes and outcomes, we encourage submissions reflecting diverse disciplines, literatures, and phenomena. We welcome new theoretical perspectives and empirical evidence based on qualitative or quantitative inquiry. We welcome both junior and senior contributor representatives of the academic and practitioner communities.

Format and submission

We invite you to submit a paper in one of four categories:  

  • First Cut Papers. Papers under development can be submitted to the “First Cut Papers” section. These papers will be featured in conference sessions designed to provide the maximum amount of feedback to authors. Papers in this category should be submitted as an extended abstract up to a maximum of 1500 words, including title and abstract. You will not be required to submit a full-length paper in advance of the conference.
  • Conference Papers. Well-developed manuscripts nearing journal submission or publication can be submitted to the “Conference Papers” section. Papers in this category can be up to a maximum of 3000 words including title and abstract. You will not be required to submit a full-length paper in advance of the conference.
  • Alternate Format Submissions. ((Symposia, Panels, etc.). We also welcome submissions for alternative types of sessions, including symposia, interactive panel discussions, workshops, and other innovative formats (feel free to be creative!). Unlike the paper submissions, these submissions are not blind review and should include a title page with the names, affiliations, and roles of people who will be leading, presenting, or speaking in the session. Alternate format submissions should be no longer than 3000 words (including title page, abstract, figures/tables, references etc.). Successful submissions will typically be assigned a 1.5-hour session within the conference program. Please note that we have limited space for alternate sessions. 
  • Junior Faculty/Doctoral Student Colloquium. Doctoral students, junior faculty members, and other early career researchers are also encouraged to submit a paper for inclusion in the “Paper Development Session” of the Junior Faculty/Doctoral Student Colloquium to be held on June 14th. Submissions may range in length from 6 pages to a full-length paper. 

In all categories, papers should be submitted in MSWord or PDF with double spacing, 12pt Times New Roman font, numbered pages, and APA-style citations. Your paper should clearly explain the relevance of the chosen topic, the research question, theoretical background, and the contribution of the research. Empirical papers should provide an overview of their methodology, analysis, and main findings. 
To facilitate double-blind review please ensure your submission document excludes any author names or identifying information. Details of authorship can instead be provided through the paper submission system. 

FINT Awards 

Recognition from FINT community. This year FINT community recognizes exceptional research by providing prizes in three categories:  

  • Most innovative research on trust
  • Research with high societal relevance
  • Promising early-career trust research (scholar that has recently finished her/his PhD or is still in the process of writing the PhD).

Important dates 

Submission deadline: September 26th, 2022 @ 23:50 EST