Does E-government Trust in e-Commerce when Investigating Trust? A Review of Trust Literature in E-Commerce and e-government Domains

  • Matti Mäntymäki
Part of the IFIP – The International Federation for Information Processing book series (IFIPAICT, volume 286)


Trust has been acknowledged to be an important determinant of e-commerce acceptance. Therefore, understanding the nature and importance of trust is momentous in promoting e-government adoption. This paper reviews the trust discussion in business-to-consumer (B2C) e-commerce and government-to-individuals (G2IS) e-government. The aim of the paper is to identify potential differences as well as common denominators in order to introduce aspects that could potentially mutually benefit the research in the e-government and e-commerce domains. The main findings of the study are: 1. both domains trust largely conceptualize as multidimensional construct. 2. In the e-government field, trust is more often also empirically investigated as more than only one variable. 3. In the e-government literature, two main discourses related to trust were identified; trust in government in general, and trust in e-government, referring to the technology aspects.


Customer Loyalty Customer Relationship Initial Trust Public Administration Review Trust Literature 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Matti Mäntymäki
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  1. 1.Turku School of EconomicsInformation Systems ScienceTurkuFinland

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