Conflict Asymmetries: Effects on Motivation, Attitudes and Performance

37 Pages Posted: 13 Dec 2008

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Karen A. Jehn

University of Melbourne - Melbourne Business School

Frank de Wit

Leiden University

Manuela Barreto

Leiden University

Date Written: November 9, 2008

Abstract

Past research on conflict often makes the assumption that all members involved in a conflict experience the same amount of conflict. In this experimental study, we challenge this assumption and examine asymmetrical conflict perceptions; that is, the degree to which individuals involved in conflict perceive different levels of conflict. We predict and find that when individuals experience different levels of conflict they expect to be less motivated, less satisfied with their workpartner and the exchange, and they perform less well (e.g., increasing errors on the joint task).

Suggested Citation

Jehn, Karen A. and de Wit, Frank and Barreto, Manuela, Conflict Asymmetries: Effects on Motivation, Attitudes and Performance (November 9, 2008). IACM 21st Annual Conference Paper. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1298536 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1298536

Karen A. Jehn (Contact Author)

University of Melbourne - Melbourne Business School ( email )

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Frank De Wit

Leiden University ( email )

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Leiden, Zuid Holland 2300 RA
Netherlands

Manuela Barreto

Leiden University ( email )

Postbus 9500
Leiden, Zuid Holland 2300 RA
Netherlands

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