Title

Dealing with scarce resources : open-minded interaction for resolving budget conflicts

Document Type

Journal article

Source Publication

Group and Organization Management

Publication Date

9-1-1998

Volume

23

Issue

3

First Page

237

Last Page

255

Abstract

Organizational power and politics researchers contend that the conflicts over scarce resources intensify competition and conflict but can be useful for an effective distribution of resources. A total of 59 managers with budget responsibilities from both expanding and retrenching organizations were interviewed on specific budget conflicts. Consistent with the power perspective, these conflicts could be productive. Open-minded discussion of opposing views contributed to making these conflicts useful for productivity, relationship development, and unity. In contrast with organizational power theorizing, cooperative goals, not competition, shaped the productive management of conflicts over scarce resources.

DOI

10.1177/1059601198233003

Print ISSN

10596011

E-ISSN

15523993

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Copyright © 1998 Sage Publications

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Recommended Citation

Tjosvold, D., & Poon, M. (1998). Dealing with scarce resources: Open-minded interaction for resolving budget conflicts. Group and Organization Management, 23(3), 237-255. doi: 10.1177/1059601198233003