Examining Conflict Management Style Preferences of Practitioner Faculty by Gender and Age
Conflict is unavoidable and widespread within the workplace setting. Achieving
effective resolution when faced with employee peer-to-peer work conflicts
presents challenges as well as opportunities within modern organizations.
Knowing if there is an association between conflict style choice and key
demographic variables would be beneficial to organizational leaders when
creating employee training and development initiatives. A quantitative study
using comparative and correlational analysis was conducted to examine the
potential relationships between gender and age and the conflict management
style preference of practitioner faculty. Data was gathered using the Rahim
Organizational Conflict Inventory - II Form C with members of the online division
of a Florida-based university and members of a national adjunct faculty
organization. The results of the study led the researcher to conclude that there is
no evidence to support a correlation between gender or age and a preferred
conflict management style. The researcher's results indicated that the preferred
conflict management style for both males and females was the integrating style.
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