Dysfunctional Conflict

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Essay topic

If you could just get rid of Carol Brown and Bruce Ford all the causes of any dysfunctional conflict (in the local government team) would disappear.

Write an essay saying whether you agree or disagree with the above statement. (You could also partially agree and partially disagree with the above statement). Use the conflict model in your text book pages 400 – 8 to support your response to the above statement.

What theory should you use?

You must refer to theory in the text on the conflict process model pages 400 – 8. In addition read the parts of the text that relate to the following learning objectives

*define conflict

*differentiate between the traditional, interactionist and managed-conflict views of
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Please note these are not the only possible themes you can develop for your essay. These are not even recommended themes for your essay.

Students often find it relatively easy to decide on the theme of their essay. (Students may change their minds about the theme of their essay as they get further into the writing process, but it is easy enough to make a start there).

Deciding on a theme is however only the first step in planning your essay. You must then get the arguments and evidence for your theme clear in your mind. For example, if you believe that Carol and Bruce are the single greatest cause of dysfunctional conflict in the team, what parts of the case study and the theory support that claim? If you believe that Carol and Bruce are not the single greatest cause of dysfunctional conflict in the team, again, what parts of the case study and the theory support that claim? This is when you must get into the detail of the case study and the theory and this is when things get hard.

Having identified material to support your claim you must then decide how to sequence the evidence and your argument. You must also decide what to include or exclude. Again this is a challenging part of essay writing.

To give you every opportunity to be successful in this essay we have set aside an entire module and week in the course to assist you in this process. Refer to module 6 for detailed instructions on how
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