Organizations as power conflict sources

Raul Dalla Lana, Patrícia Andrade Paines, Saul Azzolin Bonaldo, Felipe Martins Müller


In this paper are presented a few power based organizations; the conflicts, power and conflict, power excercise and conflict resolution. Bibliographic research was used as this paper methodology, as it enables a rereading about the topic with a new perspective on writings from Bowditch, Foulcault, Galbraith, Mintzberg, Moscovici, Spector, and others. Literature points that the conflicts can be considered beneficial or malefic to the organization, as they can motivate an employee to grow, personally and professionally, possibilitating an better individual and group perforamnce. As to the resolution of this conflicts, the negotiation is an indicated alternative, as long as the professional in charge is capacitated, that is, he has the knowledge of the conflict generating process, to search for a solution that meets, in a reasonable and just way, the objectives, interests, needs and aspirations of the parts involved in the conflict. Therefore, the conflict can impose a threat to the organization stability as it can allow mutual growth, that is, the company, administrator and colaborator can get benefitted from a conflicting situation, as long as the correct alternatives are used for the conflict solving.


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Revista de Administração da UFSM. Brazilian Journal of Management

Universidade Federal de Santa Maria, Santa Maria, Rio Grande do Sul, Brasil, eISSN 1983-4659