Exam 2 Samples of Excellence

Exam 2 Samples of Excellence - Power & Conflict Exam 2...

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1. Using what you know about the assumptions of the political frame, explain why many managers and organizational theorists believe that conflict in organizations is inevitable. Many managers and organizational theorists believe that conflict is inevitable. In order to grasp this concept it is important to realize that organizations are coalitions. Within these coalitions there are different members, which possess different views and divergent interests. The people that make these organizations are also collectively working to allocate a limited supply of resources. Conflict is the central process, while power is the most important resource. As a result, conflicting views on how resources should be allocated create inevitable conflict. Furthermore, individuals within an organization use bargaining, negotiation, and jockeying as a means of establishing power and upward mobility. Conflict is a natural part of life and in many cases organizations possess either too little or too much conflict. Decision making processes involve bargaining among a diverse group of professionals, who possess divergent points of view. As a result, certain ideas and input can be disregarded, while a less favorable approach is chosen, creating conflict. Job security is another area which creates conflict. In the business world, there is an abundance of entry-level, low wage positions, while there is a limited number of positions within upper-level management. This phenomenon inevitably creates conflict among lower-mid level employees competing for promotions and higher-level positions. Ultimately, the drive towards power (vital organizational resource) results in the process of conflict. Since conflict is an inevitable aspect of both life and organizations, it is important to not only look at it from a negative perspective. Instead, conflict should be viewed as a catalyst that boosts organizational growth and stimulates internal competition. Conflict can open individuals’ eyes to new ideas and different perceptions, benefiting the organization as a whole. The emphasis on individualism and personal success manifested within Western culture explains why conflict is inevitable. When one large group of individuals are competing for a limited number of resources or job positions someone is going to be left unsatisfied.
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This phenomenon describes why conflict is and will always be inevitable from an organizational perspective. ****** Many managers and organizational theorists believe conflict is inevitable in an organization, and rightfully so. Conflict is an important process in organizations; it is the level of conflict that could possibly hinder organizational functions. Too much conflict can create chaos and affect performance of employees. Too little conflict can lead to a static environment that lacks competitiveness and innovation. There are numerous reasons why conflict is inevitable. A main reason for conflict is that organizations are made up of coalitions.
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