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Team conflicts are common occurrences that are difficult to manage. In this CQ Dossier, we ask where team conflicts come from, how they can be managed, and whether they can be beneficial. We take a look at various sources of conflict that shed light on common underlying issues causing team conflicts.
Effective, long-term conflict management is holistic and considers the source of conflict, team dynamics, and future outlook. We consider different types of conflict management interventions, and highlight the important role of the team and team cohesion in the process of managing conflict. Finally, we take a look at potential benefits of team conflict and the factors that allow teams to reap these benefits.
As we have also established in our review of teams , there is widespread consensus that in organizations today, teams are crucial building blocks and methods of choice for organizations to flourish and survive Tekleab et al, ; Somech, Desivilya and Lidogoster, Teams have multiple characteristics, including having complimentary skills, being mutually accountable, and sharing a long-term goal see Katzenbach and Smith, However, teams face conflicts.
Conflict itself is not only common, but could even be conceived as a somewhat natural occurence and logical consequence of the inherent differences between people.
A considerable amount of research has been done on conflicts in organizational settings, centring not only on the causes of conflict, but also on types of successful conflict management interventions and on the further impact the conflict might have on other variables, like team dynamics or outcomes see Somech, Desivilya and Lidogoster, Conflicts are complex matters.
We will consider each of these three aspects - causes, interventions, and consequences - in turn. There are varying approaches to studying team conflict and where it comes from: these can be broadly sorted into two categories: intra-group and organizational. On the one hand, research considers the sources of team conflict on the individual and inter-personal level.
De Wit, Greer and Jehn in their comprehensive meta-analysis of intrapersonal conflict identify three main sources of conflict in teams: task conflict, relationship conflict, and process conflict.
Task conflict, as the name says, revolves around the particular task a team is given. In other words, it is about the content of the decisions made by the team in relation to a specific task Simons and Peterson, According to Troth , this type of conflict comes from differences in ideas and views on the task, and sometimes even stems from disagreements on what the task to be done is in the first place.
Greer et al. In relationship conflict, it is the team members relationships with each other that are at stake. Relationship conflict thus includes differences involving different preferences, personal and interpersonal styles, and attitudes De Dreu and Weingart, This is one of the types of conflict most likely to be destructive to teams, because it is often linked to negative emotions, hostility and personal dislike, which is not only destructive but also distracting Greer et al.
Process conflict has to do with the delegation of tasks and the process through which team tasks are solved, that is to say, the logistics of accomplishing a task. Conflict arises when there are disagreements over task division and responsibility, as well as strategy on how to best tackle the task Behfar, Peterson, Mannix and Trochim, Process conflict is considered by De Wit, Greer and Jehn as the worst form of intra-group conflict: not only is it linked to a specific task, but the issues at hand is often linked to disagreements about who is in which role and gets to control resources, meaning it shows attributes of relationship conflict too.
On the other hand, going beyond intra-group conflict, there is also team conflict that is embedded into broader organizational dynamics. This type of conflict assumes that a team and an organization mutually influence each other, therefore intra-personal relations cannot be seen in isolation see George and Jones, There is evidence that the social hierarchy within a group can be a source of conflict.
Bendersky and Hays in their literature review show that it is natural for teams to form into social hierarchies, leading to power struggles over social esteem and control over decisions or resources. This form of conflict is structural, meaning there is usually no interest in conflict outcomes, but rather in the broader achievement of a social position or function, which may well exceed beyond the team see Benjamin and Poldony, This context-related source of conflict refers to the actual make-up of an organization and the rules, norms and values it represents.
For example, organizations with limited knowledge, various cultural values and traditions, and different work ethics and visions are less likely to engage in negotiation processes but rather act unilaterally and forcefully see Morrill, Their organizational counterparts with similar working styles, values and goals are more likely to communicate, negotiate, and seek compromise and conflict resolution.
In organizations that are less attuned, there is a likelihood that status struggles will emerge, as power positions bring great benefits to those who attain them see Ridgeway and Correll, Join our monthly newsletter to receive management tips, tricks and insights directly into your inbox!
Generally, the rule of thumb in organizational studies is that what matters in conflict management is not the conflict itself, i. The first step to determining how to best manage conflict is to understand the causes of the issue. The second step is to evaluate the objective: is the goal to simply end the conflict, or to lay the foundations that prevent it from happening again in the future? However, there is a high chance that conflicts re-appear. Research originally carried out by Blake and Moutin , which was extended and modified several times, points to five intra-personal strategies usually found in this sphere:.
Rather, these strategies are likely to make the conflict re-emerge at some point. On an inter-personal level, cooperative approaches that prioritise collective goal-attainment are beneficial.
Such strategies help team members be productive, bolster confidence and trust, and help nurture the belief that future problems can also be solved together see Tjosvold, Conflict is unbelievably complex and affected by multiple factors that influence the conflict itself, the style or methods with which it is to be best managed, and the outcomes that emerge see Almost et al.
However, the most important actor in managing team conflict is - not surprisingly - the team. Regardless of whether it is an external management intervention or a conflict management strategy employed within the team, the team itself is the player who is determinant of whether the team conflict will be resolved, and how.
Without the team and its willingness to address the conflict and act on it, team conflicts cannot be managed with long-lasting results see Tekleab et al. There is research that shows that high-performing teams with a strong emphasis on team cohesion tend to naturally employ distinct conflict management strategies compared to other teams. In a study conducted in 57 autonomous teams by Behfar, Peterson, Mannix and Trochim , a model was developed that highlights four clusters of conflict management strategies employed by teams themselves along a matrix: on the vertical axis, conflict resolution strategies were split into pluralistic i.
On the horizontal axis, they were split into reactive i. High performing, cohesive teams were likely to use pre-emptive and pluralistic strategies, like the ones outlined in the section on interventions focusing on long-term outcomes. Contrastingly, teams with low levels of performance were likely to use reactive and particularistic strategies. As such, there is a distinct correlation between performance, team cohesion, and conflict management strategies - teams with high performance and outcomes are more likely to manage conflict in a sustainable and goal-oriented way that prevents future conflict from arising.
In the context of this Dossier, this shows that once team cohesion and high performance has been attained by a team, the team is likely to organically choose a conflict management intervention that includes all team members and lays the groundwork for the prevention of further conflict. This indicates that team cohesion is linked to inter-personal, holistic conflict management strategies. Indeed, teams who can directly and openly address conflicts should be better able to develop a long-term, open, healthy, and constructive atmosphere see Tekleab et al.
Teams who are successfully able to use holistic strategies are likely teams with high levels of team cohesion , which is not only beneficial for conflict management, but also has positive effects on performance.
As such, it is fair to state that team cohesion is a fundamental requirement of effective conflict management. On the other hand, teams that exhibit low levels of cohesion, unaddressed and severe issues, general fragmentation, bad communication, a psychologically unsafe climate or lacking trust, can lead to very difficult situations.
Here, it may make sense to look beyond the conflict and to take an approach that starts at the root of the problem: the team itself. The short answer is - yes, they could be. However, it is not the conflicts per se, but rather the way they are managed that can lead to good team and organizational outcomes. Indeed, there is scientific evidence that conflict could be truly beneficial for teams - that is, if the conflict does not exceed a certain threshold of intensity see Deutsch, , is managed well, and rests on foundations of high levels of team cohesion see Hinds and Mortensen, Team conflicts can also give rise to critical evaluation and reflection, which starts at the very root causes of conflict.
Dealing with these underlying causes can help determine which aspects influence the conflict and need to be worked on. However, the type of team and the willingness to solve the conflict matters. It is important not to forget that these relationships are almost never unidirectional - there is no guaranteed causal relationship between conflict and positive outcomes. A conflict can be useful for some teams, but detrimental to others.
Nonetheless, there are promising trends that highlight possible long-term, positive effects of effective conflict management, which are all interrelated:. There is evidence that team cohesion mediates the relationship between conflict and team effectiveness. This is particularly true for task conflict see Peterson, Cohesive teams who actively address and discuss task conflicts are able to better understand each other in the long run Edmondson and Smith, However, the evidence is not clear as there are factors like relationship conflict and group dynamics that further influence this complex relationship Tekleab et al.
A study by Lovelace et al. This, in turn, helps nurture a positive climate of creativity, communication, and trust, which feeds into innovation Hinds and Mortensen, Trust is a tool for conflict management, but is also a consequence thereof. As such, the trust that grows within teams helps mediate between task and relationship conflict.
That means that conflicts related to tasks are less likely to be fueled by interpersonal reasons conflict. Trust is beneficial particularly for mediating between task and relationship conflict Simons and Peterson, A review by de Dreu and Weingart shows that most studies actually show a negative relationship between managing conflict and improved performance. Bradley et al. Research has shown that avoidance behaviors in team conflict both avoiding the conflict from arising and avoiding dealing with the conflict have negative effects on teams as a whole.
This points to the positive effects of conflict: addressing conflict helps deal with underlying issues. Managing these issues can help teams work better together in the long run.
Of course, realistically speaking, teams often do avoid conflicts and not all teams can address issues. This can lead to escalations. In such situations, it makes sense to look at context and to consider broader interventions to re build team cohesion, develop new teams as a whole, or even resort to large-scale approaches relating to organizational development. In either scenario, a conflict can be a great agent for change management.
Teams are complex entities that experience conflicts. Team conflict can have many causes which are important to understand, as these can determine which intervention makes sense. Whether it be top-down or coming from the team, resolving a conflict is an important act. The team itself is the most vital player in finding solutions for team conflict.
As such, factors like team cohesion play an important role in determining which interventions can be successful in the first place. Teams with high levels of cohesion can even benefit from team conflict when it arises. Therefore, conflict can be an opportunity for growth and not an occurrence that should be avoided, stifled, or ignored.
Team conflicts are extremely complex and multi-faceted, but holistic interventions starting at the very foundations of the team and of conflict can turn them into opportunities. Almost, J. Managing and mitigating conflict in healthcare teams: An integrative review.
In the workplace, it sometimes seems as if some types of conflict are always with us. Miss a deadline, and you are likely to face conflict with your boss. And if you disagree with a fellow manager about whether to represent a client whose values you disdain, conflict is also likely. In particular, three types of conflict are common in organizations: task conflict, relationship conflict, and value conflict. Although open communication, collaboration, and respect will go a long way toward conflict management , the three types of conflict can also benefit from targeted conflict-resolution tactics.
War arises because of the changing relations of numerous variables--technological, psychic, social, and intellectual. There is no single cause of war. Peace is an equilibrium among many forces. Change in any particular force, trend, movement, or policy may at one time make for war, but under other conditions a similar change may make for peace. A state may at one time promote peace by armament, at another time by disarmament, at one time by insistence on its rights, at another time by a spirit conciliation.
PDF | This paper examines the causes, effects and remedies of organizational International Journal of Academic Research in Economics and fields such as business, sociology, psychology, etc. This school of thought has identified several types of conflict: Sources Versus Causes of Conflict.
Sources of Conflict and Methods of Conflict Resolution
Conflict is actual or perceived opposition of needs, values and interests. A conflict can be internal within oneself e individuals. Conflict as a concept can help explain many aspects of social life such as social disagreement, conflicts of interests, and fights between individuals, groups, or organizations.
Conflicts are natural in all walks of daily life — both at workplace and home. Thus, conflict is ever present and both charming and maddening. But conflict is a complex and big subject.
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