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Conflict in Workgroups

Conflict in workgroups

Conflict in general is defined as perceived incompatibilities (Boulding, 1963) by the parties involved, and is an inherent aspect of organizational life. Conflict has been studied in diverse contexts ranging from the effects of conflict between married couples (e.g., Gottman and Krokoff, 1989) to managing conflict between nations (e.g., Hopmann, 1996). In organizations, conflicts can occur between co-workers (e.g., Amason, 1996; Jehn, 1995; Pelled, 1996), between an employee and supervisor (e.g., Rahim et al., 2001), or between groups or departments (e.g., Nauta et al., 2002). Interorganizational relationships can also be marked by conflicts (e.g., Pondy, 1969; Putnam and Poole, 1987). Our focus in this chapter is on workgroups, defined as groups with three or more members who perceive themselves as ...

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