Horizontal & Vertical Individualism – Collectivism and Conflict Management Styles: A Pakistani Sub-Cultural Model

25th International Association of Conflict Management Conflict, Stellenbosch, Cape Town, South Africa, 2012

24 Pages Posted: 16 Apr 2012 Last revised: 20 Jun 2012

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Muhammad Khan Riaz

COMSATS Institute of Information Technology Attock; Institute of Management Sciences (IMSciences)

Waseef Jamal

Institute of Management Sciences

Date Written: April 16, 2012

Abstract

The omnipresent and inevitable conflict is debated a lot in organizational studies. Many researchers study the relationship of conflict management styles and cultural dimensions specifically with individualism – collectivism. But these studies deal the culture at a national level aggregately. Hofsete’s demarcation of cultures in to individualistic and collectivistic cultures is the basic pillar of such studies in cross cultural comparisons of conflict management styles. In this study, an attempt was made to relate vertical and horizontal dimensions of individualism – collectivism with conflict management styles at sub-cultural level in Pakistan as all people in a presumed collectivistic /individualistic culture are not collectivists/ individualists. Getting support from literature, propositions are developed and a model is proposed. Future research directions and prospects are discussed.

Keywords: vertical-horizontal INDCOL, conflict management styles, sub-cultural conflict, inter-cultural conflict

Suggested Citation

Riaz, Muhammad Khan and Jamal, Waseef, Horizontal & Vertical Individualism – Collectivism and Conflict Management Styles: A Pakistani Sub-Cultural Model (April 16, 2012). 25th International Association of Conflict Management Conflict, Stellenbosch, Cape Town, South Africa, 2012. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2040582 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2040582

Muhammad Khan Riaz (Contact Author)

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Waseef Jamal

Institute of Management Sciences ( email )

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Hayatabad
Peshawar, 25000
92919219546 (Phone)

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