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The Truth About Being a Successful Manager: The Essential Truths in 20 Minutes by Dr. Stephen P. Robbins

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TRUTH 9 The case for conflict

In our discussion of effective teams, we said that conflict isn’t necessarily bad. Research tells us that there are three types of conflict: task, relationship, and process. Task conflict relates to the content and goals of the work. Relationship conflict focuses on interpersonal relationships. And process conflict relates to how work gets done. The evidence indicates that while relationship conflicts are almost always dysfunctional in groups or organizations, low levels of process and task conflict are often functional. Since many people seem to have difficulty with thinking of conflict in positive terms, let me make the argument to support the constructive side of conflict.

Conflict is constructive when it improves ...

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