Openness among Chinese in conflict : effects of direct discussion and warmth on integrative decision making

Dean William TJOSVOLD, Haifa F. SUN

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Abstract

Although not socially valued, open discussion may still be useful for integrating positions and people in conflict in China, especially when complemented with the nonverbal expression of interpersonal warmth. In an experiment with 80 participants in South China, open discussion compared to avoiding was found to develop a cooperative relationship and open-minded understanding of the opposing view. The communication of warmth, compared to coldness, developed a cooperative, mutually beneficial relationship; exploration of the opposing view; integration of opposing ideas into one's reasoning and decision making; and confidence in future joint work. These results challenge traditional theorizing that open discussion of conflict disrupts relationships and conflict management in China.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1878-1897
Number of pages20
JournalJournal of Applied Social Psychology
Volume33
Issue number9
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2003

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