Effects of influence tactics and social contexts in conflict : an experiment on relationships in China

Dean William TJOSVOLD, Haifa F. SUN

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Abstract

Maintaining relationships may be difficult in conflict because strong influence attempts can communicate disrespect, especially among Chinese people. The theory of cooperation and competition was used to investigate the effects of persuasion and control influence attempts and social context in conflict. Results from an experimental study support the reasoning that persuasion communicates respect and develops a cooperative relationship. In contrast, coercion communicates disrespect, develops competitive relationships, and results in rejection of the opposing view and negotiator. Consistent with North American research, cooperative compared to competitive context was found to lead to more openness toward the opposing position and negotiator. These results were interpreted as suggesting that persuasion, communication of respect, and a cooperative context facilitate productive conflict management between Chinese people.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)239-258
Number of pages20
JournalInternational Journal of Conflict Management
Volume12
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2001

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In: International Journal of Conflict Management, Vol. 12, No. 3, 01.07.2001, p. 239-258.

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