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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.

Effects of Conflicts

Each and every aspect of practical life has negative or positive or both effects to it. So does the conflicts occurring in a working environment. Negative and positive effects of conflicts move along with the conflicts. No rocket science is needed to identify these negative and positive effects of conflicts. Some are explained below;

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Authentic Behavior in Communication

Openness is defined according to whether persons are able to use a communication system to organize themselves in any way they find satisfactory. One’s perception of openness also means the

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Information Deficit Conflicts

Lack of information and a smooth working relationship between the departments of an organization may lead to conflicts through information deficiency. These conflicts can be fatal to organizational tasks and must be checked in time in order to ensure smooth functioning of all parts of the organization. Conflicts through information deficiency can create a crisis like situation in an organization.

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Constructive Conflict Management

Conflict resolution may or may not require Constructive Conflict Management skills. These courses help in conflict resolution in a constructive way.

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Social Conflicts

Different people have different thinking and they want the things to be the way they like. But no one is completely satisfied. This gives birth to a conflict within the society. Social conflict is a struggle of power in society. These kinds of conflicts mainly occur when two or more parties oppose each other or one in any social interaction.

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