Dealing with scarce resources : open-minded interaction for resolving budget conflicts

Dean William TJOSVOLD, Margaret POON

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    Abstract

    Organizational power and politics researchers contend that the conflicts over scarce resources intensify competition and conflict but can be useful for an effective distribution of resources. A total of 59 managers with budget responsibilities from both expanding and retrenching organizations were interviewed on specific budget conflicts. Consistent with the power perspective, these conflicts could be productive. Open-minded discussion of opposing views contributed to making these conflicts useful for productivity, relationship development, and unity. In contrast with organizational power theorizing, cooperative goals, not competition, shaped the productive management of conflicts over scarce resources.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)237-255
    Number of pages19
    JournalGroup and Organization Management
    Volume23
    Issue number3
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 1998

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