Organizational Conflict-the Good, The Bad, And The Ugly

1372 words - 6 pages

In my work, the issue that generates the most emotion and frustrated comments is conflict within the organization. We generally do not look at conflict as opportunity-we tend to think about conflict as unpleasant, counterproductive, and time consuming. Conflict that occurs in organizations need not be destructive, provided the energy associated with conflict is harnessed and directed toward problem solving and organizational improvement; however, managing conflict effectively requires that all parties understand the nature of conflict in the workplace.Two Views: The Good, the BadThere are two ways of looking at organizational conflict. Each of these ways is linked to a different set ...view middle of the document...

Problems arise when we do not realize that this way of looking at organizations and conflict only fits organizations that work in routine ways where innovation and change are virtually eliminated. Almost all government organizations work in a very disorderly context-one characterized by constant change and a need for frequent adaptation. Trying to "structure away" conflict and disagreement in a dynamic environment requires tremendous amounts of energy and also suppresses any positive outcomes that may arise from disagreement, such as improved decision making and innovation.The GoodThe functional view of organizational conflict sees conflict as a productive force, one that can stimulate members of the organization to increase their knowledge and skills, as well as their contributions to organizational innovation and productivity. Unlike the position mentioned above, this more modern approach considers that the keys to organization success lie not in structure, clarity, and orderliness, but in creativity, responsiveness, and adaptability. The successful organization, then, needs conflict so that diverging views are put on the table and new ways of doing things are created.The functional view of conflict also suggests that conflict provides people with feedback about how things are going. Even "personality conflicts" carry information to the manager about what is not working in an organization, affording the opportunity to improve.If you subscribe to a flexible vision of effective organizations and recognize that each conflict situation provides opportunity to improve, you then shift your view of conflict. Rather than trying to eliminate conflict or suppress its symptoms, your task becomes managing conflict so that it enhances people and organizations, rather than destroying them.So, the task is to manage conflict and avoid what we call "the ugly"-the sininrion where conflict is allowed to eat away at team cohesiveness and productivity.The UglyWe have the good (conflict is positive), the bad (conflict is to be avoided), and now we need to address the ugly. Ugly occurs when the manager (and perhaps employees) attempt to eliminate or suppress conflict in situations where it is impossible to do so. You know you have ugly in your organization when:* Many conflicts run for years.* People have given up on resolving and addressing conflict problems.* There is a good deal of private complaining but little attempt to fix the problem.* Staff shows little interest in working on common goals but spends significant time and energy on protecting themselves.When ugly occurs in organizations, there is a tendency to look to the manager or formal leader as the one responsible for the mess. In fact, that is how most employees look at the situation. It is true that managers and supervisors play critical roles in determining how conflict is handled in the organization, but it is also true that the avoidance of ugliness must be a shared responsibility. Management ...

More like Organizational Conflict-the Good, The Bad, And The Ugly

Oran: The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly. Character Analysis - Camus "the Plague"

1553 words - 7 pages ... quarantine. His conscience and morals finally surface and he voluntarily remains to assist Dr. Rieux with his patients. The plague changes Rambert from a hack journalist into a responsible adult. I think Rambert is the most changed individual to survive the plague. I don't think even he realized what a basically good and moral person he was prior to the plague. The fact that he voluntarily remains in Oran to help Dr. Rieux demonstrates an innate moral ...

WANNACRY Virus : The Bad And The Ugly - Cuny City College - Assignment

964 words - 4 pages ... . It not only targets home computers but business also gets affected. It encrypts data in such a way that normal person can no longer decrypt. A person has to pay ransom to decrypt it. But it does not generate that files will be released. This paper gives a brief study of WannaCry ransomware, its effect on computer world and its preventive measures to control ransomware on computer system. I. Introduction: In the world of digitization, where every ...

The Importance Of MNC'S To The World: Good Or Bad Influence

414 words - 2 pages ... -motivated and are engaging in destructive competition and insidious plots to economically and politically manipulate entire economies.To conclude, MNC's are necessary to have a world order. An order in which the search of benefits covers not only the company but the society in which it has been established.In this sense, MNC's are a good influence to a country, but governments are supposed to be the control agents to make its presence significative, beneficent and useful. ...

Just War Doctrine And The Gulf Conflict

1381 words - 6 pages ... Just War Doctrine and the Gulf ConflictIn evaluating US involvement in the Iraq conflict in terms of the Just War Doctrine - jus ad bellum and jus in bello - it is my opinion that the US adhered to the Doctrine in its entirety. The US acted justly both in its entering into the Gulf conflict (jus ad bellum) and in its conduct while in the conflict (jus in bello). To support this opinion I will individually address the co parts that constitute the ...

Essay On The Northern Ireland Conflict

368 words - 2 pages ... people had a lot of power in Ireland. They controlledthe government and all land in Ireland. There are two parts of Ireland the north and the south. Thenorth of Ireland known as the Ulster is run buy the United Kingdom and the south is run by andindependent Ireland. This major conflict is held between the north and the south. The violence isbetween two sects, nationalist and unionists. One sect wants Irish independents and the other sectwants a ...

The Conflict Between Nature And Culture In Wuthering Heights

469 words - 2 pages ... The Conflict Between Nature and Culture in Wuthering HeightsIn Wuthering Heights there is a clear battle between human nature, and the attempt to control it with civilization and culture. The conflict between nature and culture which is a part of the thematic structure of this novel is presented in the relationship between two residences: Wuthering Heights and Thrushcross Grange as well as its inhabitants. Wuthering Heights represents the ...

Conflict: On The Sidewalk Bleeding, The Pedestrian, And The Sniper - ENG 3UE - Literary Essay

1946 words - 8 pages ... Gough 1 Meghan Gough Ms. Samuel ENG 3UE May 23, 2018 Cryptic Conflict Conflict is a broad term covering many matters stretching from minute disagreements to full blown wars. There are also many diverse types of conflict that people experience every day, which include but are not limited to: person versus self, person versus person, and person versus society. Through three different short stories, the authors convey the different levels of ...

The Ugly Truth: Prohibition Of Drugs Is A Lost Cause - English 250 - Essay

1047 words - 5 pages ... Talaeai 1 2 Talaeai 5 Aiava Talaeai Dr. Johnson English 251 5 Apr. 2017 The Ugly Truth: Prohibition of Drugs is a Lost Cause People, for many years have said that the War on Drugs is an absolute failure. “With almost a million people in jail, drug use is as widespread as it has ever been” (Miller 23). “Drugs, chemicals and natural substances which affects human body and mind when taken, have been used across the globe for many years” (Isralowitz ...

Good And Bad Cholesterol (LDL And HDL) - Chemistry - Research Paper

1390 words - 6 pages ... Is There Such Thing as Good and Bad Cholesterol? The topic of cholesterol is a highly controversial one. While cholesterol is essential in order for the human race to thrive, having elevated cholesterol levels can cause strain on the heart, increasing the risk for heart disease, strokes, and heart attacks. The kinds of food we put in our bodies undoubtedly takes a toll on our cholesterol and health for better or for worse. The molecular formula ...

Hamlet On The Great Chain Of Being Being Disturbed And Leading To A Bad Ending

842 words - 4 pages ... "The time is out of joint; O cursed spite, That ever was I born to set it right!"# This quote is from the play Hamlet, by William Shakespeare, spoken by Hamlet. He knows that the Great Chain of Being is disturbed and he is the one that has to set it back to normal. The Great Chain of Being is a scale where everything is put in its place, from Heaven to Hell. Disturbing the Great Chain of Being will result in a bad ending. In Hamlet, Shakespeare ...

Dignity Of The Human Person And Photography - Common Good - Essay

564 words - 3 pages ... The Dignity of the Human Person by the Means of Photography The Common Good, also known as, “the benefit or interests of all.” Regardless to whatever opinion you may have towards Photography, it can be home to some highly robust arguments. Although for some, the Common Good can be rewarded from the selflessness of particular practices for example, advertising charity, yet it doesn’t cover all walls against social, mental, physical and all other ...

The Vision Of A Good Society And The Problems Caused By The COVID-19 Pandemic - Assignment

1116 words - 5 pages ... common to acknowledge that COVID-19 has highlighted South Africa's inequalities. This essay focuses on the problem of the Coronavirus pandemic, and I will discuss the need for an appropriate moral vision to effectively address this problem. A good society is typically a moral vision that envisions society's well-being. It also captures the good life and expresses a vision for the common good. A society in which we must learn to treat all people ...

Decision-making And The Impact Of Work-related Stress On Organizational Behavior

763 words - 4 pages Free ... activity. Thus, we are all decision-makers. However, "good" decision-making starts with a consecutive, purposeful, strategic-thinking process. Decision-making can be applied to many of the problems we encounter on a day-to-day basis. However, we must ensure we are solving the main problem and not the symptoms or peripheral problems. That's why identifying the problem is one of the most important steps in the decision making process. Without ...

The Block By Mark O'connor - Human Nature And Conflict - Cghs - Essay

746 words - 3 pages ... By Khurshid Karim 10engH What does it say about human nature and conflict? The short story, 'The Block' by Mark O'Connor, explores human nature and conflict through the experiences of Gavin when he was a child. The short story portrays jealousy, competitive attitudes, possessiveness and arrogance which allows the readers to identify the consequences of conflict and how different values and opinions can lead to misunderstandings and even death ...

Explore Williams’ Presentation Of The Conflict Between Blanche And Stanley So Far. - School Lit - Essay

1440 words - 6 pages ... ‘A streetcar named Desire is a play concerned with the conflict between the old world and the new.’ In light of this comment, explore Williams’ presentation of the conflict between Blanche and Stanley so far. In your answer, you must consider relevant contextual factors. In ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’, Williams has crafted characters to transcend the limits of their literal expression by having each individual identify with key themes such as ...