Gender role, organizational status, and conflict management styles

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In this study people tried to examinate the ralationship between sex, gender, organizational status and conflict managemeniuht behaviour of males and females. The study was made in three similar organizations. Which are: Individuals (N uS 118) from upper and lower status organizational positions completed the Rahim Organizational Conflict Inventory-II, in the context of two recalled organizational conflicts (Rahim, 1983a), and the Bem Sex Role Inventory (Bem, 1974).

They wanted to see how differently male and female could act and also negotiate. After controlling the gender results showed that masculine individuals were highest on the dominating conflict style, whereas feminine individuals were highest on the avoiding style, and androgynous individuals on the integrating style. Further, upper organizational status individuals were higher on the integrating style, while lower status individuals reported greater use of avoiding and obliging styles. These informations are very useful in case of getting to negotiation. People have to recognize and have to be familiar that gender as well as organizational status can affect conversation.

Nawadays day after day people face differet situations. Especially in case of money many problems appear. Now people fight for every cent, they are trying to solve problems and get as much as they possibly can. But it would not be possible with out negotiation with others. Because as we all know conversation is the best way of getting to the point. This study resoults showed that conflict management skills are important if individuals are to function effectively at any level within organizations. It was also examinated that improving number of female taking actions in the decision making process in the organization really helped especially in providing effective leadership. During this study people focused on possible existance of gender differences in the ability to manage conflict. This is true that male act differently than...