I, We and You: A Study of Relationship of Individualism-Collectivism and Conflict Management Styles

Paper presented at 29th Annual International Association for Conflict Management (IACM), Columbia University, New York, USA (July 2016)

27 Pages Posted: 5 Oct 2017

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Muhammad Khan Riaz

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

Waseef Jamal

Institute of Management Sciences

Farzand Jan

Comsats University Islamabad

Date Written: January 4, 2016

Abstract

The all-pervading 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. Hofstede’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 individualism – collectivism with conflict management styles at individual levels as all people in a presumed collectivistic/individualistic culture are not collectivists/ individualists. The study provided empirical support and evidences that individualism and collectivism has a substantial relationship with preferred styles of conflict management of at the sub-cultural for six subcultures of Pakistan. The study found that conflict management style is associated with individual cultural values orientation for the working class of Pakistan.

Keywords: Individualism-Collectivism, Conflict Management Styles, Sub-Cultures, Cultural Values, Dual Concern Model, Hofstede Cultural Model, Dynamic Culture Model

JEL Classification: J52, J53, D74

Suggested Citation

Riaz, Muhammad Khan and Jamal, Waseef and Jan, Farzand, I, We and You: A Study of Relationship of Individualism-Collectivism and Conflict Management Styles (January 4, 2016). Paper presented at 29th Annual International Association for Conflict Management (IACM), Columbia University, New York, USA (July 2016) . Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3047671

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Waseef Jamal

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Farzand Jan

Comsats University Islamabad ( email )

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Islamabad, North-West Frontier Province 44000
Pakistan

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