ERIC Number: ED032607
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969-Jul-31
Reference Count: 0
The Neutral in A Communication Network Under Conditions of Conflict. A Technical Report.
Ziller, Robert C.; And Others
Two laboratory experiments are reported which describe the effects of the presence of a neutral in a communication network during the resolution of differences of opinion between two persons. The presence of a neutral was found to be associated with increased resistance to persuasion, increased number of messages between parties, and increased perception of difficulty in resolving the conflict. It was proposed that the neutral sustains conflict by prematurely rendering public the positions of the parties involved. Member tenure and power were found to be positively associated, suggesting that open groups in contrast to closed groups more readily incur conflict. (Author)
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Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Bureau of Research.
Authoring Institution: Oregon Univ., Eugene. Center for Advanced Study of Educational Administration.