An Innovative View of Conflict in Organizations

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Abstract

Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1994, Vol 39(1), 67. Reviews the book, Hidden Conflict in Organizations: Uncovering Behind-the-Scenes Disputes edited by Deborah M. Kolb and Jean M. Bartunek (1992). The edited volume by Kolb and Bartunek takes an interesting and innovative approach to examining a conventional topic–onflict in organizations. The book lives up to its title by examining aspects of conflict that have not traditionally been addressed by research on conflict in general and organizational conflict in particular. This can most notably be seen in chapters that deal with the role of women as peacemakers in organizations and the informal role that happy hours and gatherings around a pub or bar play in mediating conflicts in interpersonal relations. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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