Identifying gaps between the conceptualization of conflict and its measurement

Corinne Bendersky, Julia Bear, Kristin Behfar, Laurie R. Weingart, Gergana Todorova, Karen A. Jehn

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The conflict literature has been greatly influenced by the work published by Jehn 15 years ago that introduced a task-relationship-process conflict taxonomy of intra-group conflict. However, recent work suggests limitations of this conceptualization and its accompanying measures of conflict. In this chapter, we identify five areas crucial to improving how conflict is both conceptualized and measured: clarifying the intensity of opposition in the conflict; specifying features of conflict episodes; distinguishing between perceived and manifest representations of conflict; disentangling emotions and the constructs of conflict; and adding nuance to the conflict types we consider. We critique past measurement approaches in each of these areas and discuss ways to improve the concepts and measures in order to move the field of conflict research forward.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationHandbook of Conflict Management Research
PublisherEdward Elgar Publishing Ltd.
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)9781781006948
ISBN (Print)9781781006931
StatePublished - Jan 1 2014

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Economics, Econometrics and Finance(all)
  • Business, Management and Accounting(all)


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