Understanding Conflict Management Systems and Strategies in the Workplace: A Pilot Study
Department of Conflict Resolution Studies
Conflict Resolution Quarterly
In today's business environment, workplace conflict is a significant issue. Research in the conflict management discipline says that conflict in the workplace is on the rise and will continue to go up; however, many leaders and managers are not fully aware of structures and processes available to manage it. This article presents the results of a pilot study conducted in Broward County, Florida, of workplace leaders' and managers' awareness, perception, and use of conflict management systems and strategies. The findings reflect the lack of a clear definition of the issue, the absence of integrated conflict management systems within most organizations, and dissatisfaction with antiquated grievance systems. There is substantial opportunity for additional research.
Katz, N. H., & Flynn, L. T. (2013). Understanding Conflict Management Systems and Strategies in the Workplace: A Pilot Study. Conflict Resolution Quarterly, 30 (4), 393-410. https://doi.org/10.1002/crq.21070