CHAPTER THIRTY-EIGHT

MANAGING CONFLICT THROUGH LARGE GROUP METHODS

Barbara Benedict Bunker

Susan W. Coleman

This chapter begins in practice and works backward toward the theoretical question: Are there situations where managing conflict is enough, that is, in which our socialized desire for conflict resolution may be more than is really needed for joint action?

We live in a world in which our environment is continuously changing. Organizations and communities are constantly dealing with new developments and pressures. A predictable and stable world surrounding organizations and communities is a luxury we used to take for granted and no longer exists. In the United States, we are also living in communities and in organizations at work in which ...

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