Conflict in Organizational Groups: New Directions in Theory and Practice

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The chapters in this book were presented at a conference held at the Kellogg School of Management in June 2005 entitled Conflict in Organizational Groups: New Directions in Theory and Practice. The Kellogg Team and Group Research Center (KTAG) and the Kellogg School of Management cosponsored the conference. The goal of the conference was to bring together both junior and senior scholars from a variety of disciplines to discuss their newest ideas and current trends in group conflict research. The chapters in this book represent perspectives from the fields of business, political science, sociology, and psychology.

            The idea to organize a conference about conflict in organizational groups arose from three interrelated and exciting opportunities for theory and practice—both the academic and business press have focused growing attention on the management challenges of organizational groups; the academic community has begun to integrate various disciplinary perspectives, as evidenced by a growing number of cross-disciplinary coauthorships and thematic conferences; and several statistical and methodological advances have allowed scholars to better model variables across levels of analysis.

Taken together, these three reasons inspired the assembling of the interdisciplinary mix of seasoned and newly minted authors who in this volume tackle important and complex questions about group conflict. Their chapters represent cutting-edge advances in theory, methodology, and challenges to dominant perspectives.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780810124578
  • Publisher: Northwestern University Press
  • Publication date: 9/26/2007
  • Series: Kellogg Series
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 312
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Leigh L. Thompson is J. Jay Gerber Distinguished Professor of Dispute Resolution & Organizations at the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University. She is the author of The Mind and Heart of the Negotiator and Making the Team: A Guide for Managers, as well as numerous research papers and book chapters.

Kristin J. Behfar is an assistant professor of organization and strategy at the Paul Merage School of Business, University of California, Irvine. Her publications have appeared in Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes and Organizational Research Methods.

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Table of Contents

List of Tables and Figures     vii
Preface     xi
Contributors     xiii
Introduction     xv
Conflict and the Individual Group Member     1
Conflict within and between Organizational Groups: Functional, Dysfunctional, and Quasifunctional Perspectives   Kristin J. Behfar   Leigh L. Thompson     3
Garnering the Benefits of Conflict: The Role of Diversity and Status Distance in Groups   Kathy W. Phillips   Melissa C. Thomas-Hunt     37
Group Heterogeneity and Faultlines: Comparing Alignment and Dispersion Theories of Group Composition   Katerina Bezrukova   Sherry M. B. Thatcher   Karen A. Jehn     57
Does One Rotten Apple Spoil the Barrel? Using a Configuration Approach to Assess the Conflict-Inducing Effects of a High-Neuroticism Team Member   Randall S. Peterson   Julie Davidson   Lisa M. Moynihan     93
Selective Consequences of War   Holly Arrow   Oleg Smirnov   John Orbell   Douglas Kennett     113
Conflict and Group Processes     143
Group Conflict as an Emergent State: Temporal Issues in the Conceptualization and Measurement of Disagreement   Gerardo A. Okhuysen   Hettie A. Richardson     145
Conflict and Autonomy inTeams: Integration and New Directions for Research   Claus Langfred     181
The Differential Effects of Trust and Respect on Team Conflict   Matthew A. Cronin   Laurie R. Weingart     205
Confronting Members Who Break Norms: The Influence on Team Effectiveness   Vanessa Urch Druskat   Steven B. Wolff     229
Intervening in Intrateam Conflict   Ruth Wageman   Ashley Donnenfeld     261
Index     281
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