Conflict management style asymmetry in short-term project groups
AuthorRispens, S; Jehn, K; Steinel, W
Source TitleSmall Group Research: an international journal of theory, investigation and application
University of Melbourne Author/sJehn, Karen
Document TypeJournal Article
CitationsRispens, S., Jehn, K. & Steinel, W. (2021). Conflict management style asymmetry in short-term project groups. Small Group Research: an international journal of theory, investigation and application, 52 (2), pp.220-242. https://doi.org/10.1177/1046496419894637.
Access StatusOpen Access
Relatively little is known about how the composition of individual conflict management styles affects group functioning. This is unfortunate because, specifically in short-term project groups, this conflict management style composition may be pivotal given the strong task focus rather than establishing norms to guide or manage conflict. Therefore, we examined whether conflict style asymmetry within short-term project groups affects the link between intragroup conflict and the performance of groups. Data were collected among short-term project groups and the results suggest that asymmetry in both forcing and the problem-solving conflict management styles moderates the negative effect of task, relationship, and process conflicts on the performance of groups. We offer a discussion of the implications of these findings.
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