Variant Conflict Management: A Conceptual Model on Varying Conflict Management Approaches within Work Teams

37 Pages Posted: 27 Jun 2011

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Rae Yunzi Tan

Teachers College, Columbia University

Date Written: 2011

Abstract

Studies on conflict management in teams have generally relied on existing conflict management theories and frameworks conceptualized at the individual level. Much of this research also assumes convergence of individual conflict management approaches in teams. Such assumptions limit our understanding of the emergence and predictive value of variability in team conflict management. To begin addressing these limitations, I propose a multilevel theory of team conflict management. Central to this theory is a configural teamlevel construct called variant conflict management (VCM), which refers to the relative levels of cooperative and competitive conflict management among members in a team. In this paper, I discuss key antecedent conditions predicting VCM, and propose three archetypal profiles of VCM: minimum, maximum and moderate VCM. Potential consequences of these profiles on team outcomes are also considered. I conclude the paper by discussing theoretical limitations, future research directions, and practical implications of this theory.

Suggested Citation

Tan, Rae Yunzi, Variant Conflict Management: A Conceptual Model on Varying Conflict Management Approaches within Work Teams (2011). IACM 24th Annual Conference Paper. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1872913 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1872913

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