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Examining conflict-handling approaches by Chinese top management teams in IT firms
Fu, Ping Ping1; Yan, Xue Huang2; Li, Yongjuan3; Wang, Erping3; Peng, Siqing4
2008
Source PublicationINTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF CONFLICT MANAGEMENT
ISSN1044-4068
SubtypeArticle
Volume19Issue:3Pages:188-209
AbstractPurpose – The purpose of this paper is to explore answers to two research questions: what types of conflicts do top management team (TMT) members in Chinese firms deal with; and what approaches do they take to handle them? Design/methodology/approach – Interview data were collected from 52 TMT members in 16 Chinese entrepreneurial high tech firms, and were transcribed, coded and analyzed according to Thomas's typology of conflict handling approaches. Findings – Results show that conflicts in those TMTs were mostly task-related and integration/ collaboration was the most frequently used approach to handle conflicts, in contrast to the findings of previous studies with Chinese managers that reported avoidance to be most preferred. It was found that the most preferred approach used in the team also relates to the leadership style of the team leader. Research limitations/implications – Methodologically, the paper did not apply any quantitative approach to triangulate the findings for greater reliability nor did it propose predictors of any type of conflict-handling approach. Also, analyses were done at the individual level. However, the results add to the conflict-resolution literature, and provide insights on conflict resolution processes in Chinese TMTs, which, in turn, will help to understand better Chinese TMT processes. Practical implications – The results provide very practical guidance to TMTs and help generalize the theories that have been developed based on Western practices. Originality/value – The study is first of its kind to examine conflict type and conflict handling approaches; and in Chinese high tech firms. It offers some interesting insights to the topic.; Purpose - The purpose of this paper is to explore answers to two research questions: what types of conflicts do top management team (TMT) members in Chinese firms deal with; and what approaches do they take to handle them?
Keywordconflict management China managers
Subject Area工业与组织心理学
Indexed BySSCI
Language英语
WOS IDWOS:000258553400001
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Identifierhttp://ir.psych.ac.cn/handle/311026/5399
Collection中国科学院心理研究所回溯数据库(1956-2010)
Affiliation1.Chinese Univ Hong Kong, Dept Management, Hong Kong, Hong Kong, Peoples R China
2.Nankai Univ, Tianjin 300071, Peoples R China
3.Chinese Acad Sci, Inst Psychol, Beijing 100101, Peoples R China
4.Peking Univ, Guanghua Sch Management, Beijing 100871, Peoples R China
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Fu, Ping Ping,Yan, Xue Huang,Li, Yongjuan,et al. Examining conflict-handling approaches by Chinese top management teams in IT firms[J]. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF CONFLICT MANAGEMENT,2008,19(3):188-209.
APA Fu, Ping Ping,Yan, Xue Huang,Li, Yongjuan,Wang, Erping,&Peng, Siqing.(2008).Examining conflict-handling approaches by Chinese top management teams in IT firms.INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF CONFLICT MANAGEMENT,19(3),188-209.
MLA Fu, Ping Ping,et al."Examining conflict-handling approaches by Chinese top management teams in IT firms".INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF CONFLICT MANAGEMENT 19.3(2008):188-209.
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