Conflict in Organizations: The Role of Routine
Problems and Perspectives in Management, Vol. 10, No 2, pp. 37-46, 2012
Posted: 6 Mar 2013
Date Written: 2012
The goal of this conceptual paper is to apply the insights of recent routine research in the area of conflict and conflict management. As a result, the authors identify four different types of conflict sources that are rooted in routines and the specific difficulties connected with their change: the repetitive character of routine, disagreement over the “validity” of the existing routines, disagreement concerning the definition of new targets, and resistance towards change processes. Further the authors point to the inherent tendency to routinize conflict management strategies and the risks that are associated with this process. As a result, this paper offers new insights into the causes and structure of conflicts triggered by change processes as well as into the management of repetitive conflicts.
Keywords: conflict, routine, organization, conflict management
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