Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of conflict in organizations. How can
managers stimulate conflict in their departments? Should they do this? Why or
why not? Read and cite at least one academic article in your answer. Also, give
specific, personal work-related examples in your answer. (250-400 words)
Conflict in organizations is inevitable. Conflict is defined as war or a clash of ideas. In layman terms, conflict occurs when there are differences between individuals or groups. The differences can transpire in ideology, personality, diversity, morality, or even ethnicity groups. As managers, it is essential that we become capable of managing conflict in an environment of individual or group differences.
Conflict has advantages and disadvantages. The advantage of having conflict within an organization or group is it encourages creativity, the clarification of points of view, and the development of individual capabilities to handle personal differences; thus creating a stronger team unity and respect for others within the organization or group. The disadvantage of having conflict is when negativity creates resistance to change, establishes turmoil in organization or personal relations, fosters distrust, builds a feeling of defeat, or widens the chasm of misunderstanding; consequently this prevents the organization or group from achieving goals, both personal and organizational, and could cause the organization to collapse.
Managers should stimulate conflict in their organization to generate creativity, growth, and self-actualization. The cliché, “No pain, No gain” comes to mind when I think about conflict within an organization. I believe managers should implement conflict on occasions when he or she feels the organization or group is being stagnant or uncreative. Individual tends to get “comfortable” with daily operations or project which could result in workers not achieving best...