Trust in the ride hailing service of the sharing economy: The roles of legitimacy and process transparency


This paper examines the factors that influence customers' trust in the ride hailing service (RHS). RHS faces legal, social, and safety concerns making trust critical in using RHS. Drawing on legitimacy and uncertainty reduction theories, the authors propose a theoretical framework of the antecedents of trust. This paper develops a survey instrument and collects data to empirically test the research model. The results reveal an association between the legitimacy of the service and customers' trust in the service. Nonetheless, the different types of legitimacy vary in their effect on trust levels. This research further shows that process transparency positively affects trust in RHS. The authors discuss the findings and offer valuable theoretical and practical implications to the growing literature on trust in the sharing economy.

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Journal of Organizational and End User Computing