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Conflict Management

Primer / Voraborientierung

Group conflicts:

A conflict refers to a serious disagreement or even hostilities between different groupings of people which can be between communities, between cities, provinces, races, nations, empires. These conflicts may end up being resolved or settled by dialogue or use of force. A group conflict may also refer to people or individuals in a given organization or place, ganging up against one another due to mis-interpreted social behavior. Group conflicts can also arise due to differences in norms, values, religion and race.

Group conflicts can therefore be classified as follows:

a.    Intergroup conflicts: this can be as a result of competition for valued material and resources, or result from some groups claiming more respect and esteem as compared to  others. This can lead to hostility between groups. During these conflicts there is always an enemy, adversary or counterpart who might need to be removed in order for the other winning group to be famous.

b.    Intragroup conflicts: is sometimes called infighting which is occasioned because of political supremacy between different groups in a country or region/tribe. Politicians will usually realign themselves according to party, race, and tribe, and fight so that they can always be at the top. The two groups will fight each other as though they are enemies.

c.    Small group conflicts: In these groups there exist both positive and negative conflicts. Constructively, conflicts may bring about problems and issues, but also alternative solutions. This will allow for the group to move on in terms of positive, beneficial development.

How to manage conflicts in groups:

A conflict will be started by an individual by inciting others and they follow him/her, therefore in tackling this there is need to listen to the one who started. Put down the views of the whole group and then devise a way on how to put to control the conflict. Decisions should be taken accordingly by persuading the groups/group to agree on a common ground.

Distorted Perception of Conflict Episodes

Distorted perception of conflict episodes is an important propaganda technique used these days against the opponents to give them a bad name. This is done through media such as newspapers, pamphlets, documentaries etc. In this technique a small conflict is magnified many times or vice versa to earn a good name in the public, clients and the market.

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Handling and Circumventing Conflicts


It is said that where-ever human beings work conflicts always occur as that is human instinct. People have different kinds

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Divergent Goal Conflicts

Conflicts through diverging goals and goal planning when in an organization different departments have different tasks and different set of instructions to carry them out. While planning a goal each department takes its position and this leads to conflicts through diverging goals and goal planning.

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People of Crisis


One may be at cross-roads whether to flee or fight in conflicts. It really is a million dollar question. The people to look to in the times

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Constructive Management of Conflict: Importance of Self-assuredness in Communication

An extremely important component of conflict management is an understanding and mastery of a set of communication skills. Good communication skills are not difficult to learn, but they may be difficult to put into practice. One of the important skills that needs to be a part of quality communication

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