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Strategic Conflict Management

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Strategic Conflict Management

A Game-Theoretical Introduction

9781840648379 Edward Elgar Publishing
Peter-J. Jost, WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management, Vallendar, Germany and Utz Weitzel, Radboud University, The Netherlands
Publication Date: 2008 ISBN: 978 1 84064 837 9 Extent: 240 pp
Whenever a group of individuals comes together and interact in order to reach a common goal, differing individual preferences can lead to conflict. This book focuses on the management of these internal conflicts within business organizations.

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Whenever a group of individuals comes together and interact in order to reach a common goal, differing individual preferences can lead to conflict. This book focuses on the management of these internal conflicts within business organizations.

Peter-J. Jost and Utz Weitzel analyze organizational conflicts and illustrate how the parties involved utilize strategic actions to achieve a desired outcome in conflict. The authors use numerous examples of internal conflicts that are well-known to both practitioners and academics to define and explain the basic concepts of game theory. They then focus on the management of conflict, highlighting how the strategic behavior of conflicting parties can be influenced by direct governance or by changing organizational framework parameters. In contrast to much of the existing literature in this field, the focus is not on formal definitions or mathematical proofs, but solely on the application of game theory to strategic conflict management.

This book represents a valuable tool in the assessment of organizational conflicts from a fresh, strategic perspective underpinned by game theory. It will therefore prove fascinating reading for scholars and practitioners with an interest in a broad range of fields encompassing business and management, strategic management, organizational studies, human resource management and game theory.
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Contents: Preface 1. Introduction Part I: Conflict Analysis 2. Conflicts with Independent Decisions 3. The Dynamics of Conflicts Part II: Conflict Management 4. Vertical Conflict Management 5. Lateral Conflict Management References Index
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