In the channels literature, research involving behavioural constructs is extensive. However, there have been persistent calls for more comprehensive models to explain channel phenomena, particularly where all construct inter-relationships are specified and tested.
Specifically, our objective is to contribute to a better understanding of how trust is influenced by the effects of power and its application, and how trust affects critical relationship outcomes (cooperation, conflict, and satisfaction). In the last decade the channels literature has shown a pervasive and continuing interest in trust and its central role of trust in relationship building and maintenance. As a result, channel researchers have increasingly incorporated trust in models of channel relationships. However, although many constructs have been related to trust, linkages with power have been neglected.