Organizational Behavior: Functional and Dysfunctional Conflicts Descriptive Essay by Jay Writtings LLC

Organizational Behavior: Functional and Dysfunctional Conflicts
This paper describes two different scenarios to illustrate the concept of functional versus dystunctional conflicts.
# 118054 | 754 words | 1 source | APA | 2009 | US
Published on Dec 30, 2009 in Psychology (Social) , Communication (Interpersonal)

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This essay first examines a scenario with a teammate dating the ex-girlfriend of a second teammate to illustrate an example of a dysfunctional conflict, in which the conflict's consequences are ultimately detrimental to all concerned parties. The paper then uses a dispute amongst coworkers to illustrate an example of a functional conflict, in which both parties grow and benefit from the communication that ensued from the initial conflict.

From the Paper:

"In the second scenario, the process conflict supports the interactionist view as it functionally brings about a positive improvement for the organization (Robbins, 2005, p. 424). Even though the employee and the supervisor are engaging in conflicting moments, they are still willing to investigate each other's solutions to finding new ways to increase production time. The presence of the conditions that will give rise to the conflict in Stage I are the circumstances that the employee wants to show his supervisor new ways to increase production, and his supervisor, after being a machinist for thirty years, feels inclined to proceed as usual."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Robbins, S. P. (2005). Conflict and negotiation. In Organizational behavior (11th ed.) (pp 420-449). Prentice-Hall.

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