ERIC Number: ED337822
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Conflict and Group Decision-Making: A New Approach.
Dace, Karen L.
In the opinion of decision-making scholars, conflict is a natural component of group decision-making. A new direction for conflict and group decision-making theory and research will help dispel the confusion as to the promotive or disruptive nature of disagreement in group decision-making. Conflict literature is replete with descriptions of the strategies and tactics available to individuals engaging in interpersonal conflict. Theory building in this area requires answers to questions about the strategies and tactics most employed by decision-making groups, and the identification of new strategies and tactics, for example: (1) What strategies and tactics do decision-making groups use to manage disagreements? (2) Are there strategies or tactics for disagreement management in groups other than those discussed in existing conflict literature? and (3) What is the relationship between strategies and decision quality? While much has been gained from the study of cooperative and competitive climates, work habits, and the like as they relate to conflict, important questions remain. Extant research has failed to explain the positive or negative effects of conflict, nor has it revealed anything of the natural responses to disagreement. (Thirty-six references are attached.) (RS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Communication Strategies; Decision Theory
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Central States Communication Association (Chicago, IL, April 11-14, 1991).