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ERIC Number: ED137984
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Feb-27
Pages: 19
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Intra-Organizational Conflict in Schools.
Wynn, Richard
There is no abundance of research on intra-organizational conflict, and there are no simple answers to the tricky business of managing organizational conflicts. This paper states some propositions about conflict and suggests some management stratagems that can be used in sustaining constructive organizational characteristics. The propositions are that conflict should generally be viewed in neutral terms; that conflicts commonly energize higher levels of leadership; that conflict commonly leaves an organization stronger than before; and that the essential strategy for conflict management is the development of an organizational climate capable of making conflict work for the good of the organization. Characteristics of an organizational climate conducive to productive conflict management include maintenance of an open climate; goal clarification and acceptance; role clarification and acceptance; the existence of problem-solving mechanisms; effective communication; power equalization; capacity for innovation; cohesiveness; and trust. (Author)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Association of School Administrators (109th, Las Vegas, Nevada, February 25-28, 1977)