Please help with my assignment Module 3 – Case CONFLICT AND NEGOTIATION Assignment

Please help with my assignment

Module 3 – Case


Assignment Overview

Types of Conflicts
According to Deng, Zhang, and Fan (2021), channel conflicts (between manufacturers and distributors) are categorized as functional or dysfunctional. 
Functional conflict refers to differences in opinions between a manufacturer and a distributor regarding tasks, procedures, strategy, business ideas and other business-related issues that tend to be openly discussed and resolved and facilitate the strengthening of the relationship. In contrast, dysfunctional conflict is relationship conflict composed of strong disagreements, underlying emotions and actions (e.g. attacks, clashes and sarcasm) taken by a manufacturer or a distributor or both parties that lead to frustration and hostility in the relationship. (Loughry & Amason, 2014; Skarmeas, 2006, as cited in Deng, Zhang,& Fan, 2019, p. 178)
An easy way to separate and remember the two conflict types is that functional conflicts are task-related while dysfunction conflicts are relationship-oriented. According to Deng, Zhang, and Fan (2021), functional conflicts are viewed as healthy disagreements as participants voice their ideas and work out recommendations to stronger and equitable solutions that might not be achieved if only one person makes a decision. It results in a stronger cohesion between all those involved in the conflict.  
Dysfunctional conflicts are manifested by frustration, hostility, and strong verbal disagreements. This type of conflict results in weak organizational cohesion and unhealthy behaviors, such as hiding or falsifying information (Deng, Zhang,& Fan, 2019). 
Conflict Management Styles
There are 5 conflict management styles: accommodating, avoiding, compromising, competing, and collaboration. Some of these styles are used for relatively insignificant disputes or minor disagreements, while others are used for more serious disagreements that affect more than the few people involved. Let’s look briefly at each of these 5 conflict management styles.
Accommodation is the style that is often used when the disagreement is very minor and quire insignificant in the scheme of things. Nothing is much affected by an outcome one way or the other. An example of this is when a floor plan is designed for new office space and one person wants a window in a certain spot on the wall while their supervisor wants the window on a different wall. It is irrelevant where the window goes, so if the person wants the window on a different wall, the supervisor should let it be a win for the employee.
Avoiding probably the worst conflict management style. This happens when people have a disagreement but ignore that anything is wrong. Avoiding a conflict just to push it into the future may double or even triple the size of the conflict into a level detrimental to the organization as a whole rather than at a department or work group level. A pro to using this style, however, is that setting aside the conflict for a day or two gives people a chance to calm down and be more reasonable about working together toward a solution. 
This next conflict management style, compromising, results in a lose-lose situation for both sides of the conflict. Each side gives something up to make the other happy. This type of conflict style is used when time is running out and you need a resolution that does not have to be perfect. The con to this style is that no one is 100% happy about the solution (Luthans, et al., 2021). 
Collaboration is the best conflict management style when there are no short time constraints. It is the best style because everyone wins (win-win).  People work together to solve the conflict. 
There is a solution and style for every conflict. The selected style depends upon time constraints, availability of people to work together, and they determine what issues are the most important for each side. 
The Conflict
For this Case study, we will look at an organizational conflict at a fictitious company, Superior Coatings, and how its upper level leaders attempted to apply their conflict management styles to resolve a situation between two different groups of employees.   
One of the employee groups, the warehouse workers (WW), felt they were treated differently by company leaders than the other group who worked in the front offices. 
One of the areas of contention was that the front office workers (FOW) worked from 8 am to 4 pm, with a one hour paid lunch break. The FOW group were not required to work on weekends. They also had every holiday off, earning Paid Time Off (PTO). Another perk the FOW received was the ability to leave work early on Friday afternoon and get paid for the whole 8 hours.
On the other hand, the WW worked Monday through Friday from 7 am to 7 pm. They were often required to work weekends, too, from 7 am to 1 pm. The WW were required to work holidays except for New Years Day, July 4th, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day. The WW could not leave work early on Fridays as there was no second shift to do the afternoon warehouse tasks. 
As you can imagine, there was a lot of ill will and discontent among the employees. In addition, the management team at the line level avoided the situation which means, in essence, they ignored it until it festered and the WW threatened to walk out.

Case Assignment

Once you have finished reviewing the background materials, take a look at this following book chapter and think about how the concepts from the background materials apply to this fictional case:

Sanchez, R., & Bullock, D. (2021). Chapter 5. Connecting with the world: Negotiating in the age of collaboration. In How to connect with anyone, anywhere: Your passport to connecting globally. Career Press.

Then write a 3- to 4-page paper addressing the following questions:

Was this a case of functional or dysfunctional conflict? Explain your response.

Is the conflict a result of relationship/interpersonal issues or from tasks/roles issues?

Of the five styles of conflict management discussed in this case assignment and by Deng, Zhang, and Fan (2019), which would be the best option for the groups’ managers to take?

What other advice would you give the groups’ managers based on the concepts discussed in any of the background readings?

Assignment Expectations

Case Assignments are to be prepared in Microsoft Word and should be 3 to 4 pages, which means not less than 3 full pages, in addition to a cover page (course name and number, module number, session name, student name, and date prepared) and a reference list. The paper should be double-spaced, using 12 pt. type in the Times New Roman font. It should consist of a 2- or 3-sentence introduction, a body that contains a heading and discussion for every assignment question, and a 3- or 4-sentence conclusion and use Trident University International’s cover page. The reference list page must be in APA format, current edition and contain 2 scholarly references (high quality journal articles or textbooks).

Assignment content should include a brief introduction to the assignment, background information about the organization being studied, and discussion in terms of the concepts or theories being applied in the assignment.

Use headings and subheadings to improve presentation values.

Include both a References page and in-text citations. Attention is to be given to citing sources of information in-text as well as in the References page at the end of the paper. Citation and reference style instructions are available at 

 , Trident University’s Introduction to 

APA Style, 7th edition

 , or at

Submit your report in the Case dropbox for this module on or before the date due, as indicated on the TLC Homepage.

Since you are engaging in research, be sure to cite and reference the sources in APA format, current edition. The paper should be written in the third person; this means words like “I,” “we,” and “you” are not appropriate. For more information, see 

Differences Between First and Third Person


Submit the paper through the appropriate Dropbox by the due date. Your submission will be graded with the assignment’s grading rubric.

Module 3 – Background


Required Reading

To begin this module, please review the resources on managing conflict and negotiations.

Cioarţă, I. (2020). Dealing with conflicts in social work – a discussion on Thomas-Kilmann model applicability in social work.
 Revista De Asistenta Sociala, (2), 33-44. Proquest. Available in the Trident Online Library.

Deng, G., Zhang, J., & Fan, Z. (2021). Influence of marketing channel conflicts on channel innovation capability: the mediating role of channel cohesion and the moderating role of channel network structure. 
Nankai Business Review International, 12(2), 173-193  Proquest. Available in the Trident Online Library.

Fultz, J. W. (2022). 
The challenges of cross-sector collaboration management: a qualitative study (Order No. 29255155). [Dissertation, North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University].Proquest. Available in the Trident Online Library.

Luthans, F., Luthans, B. C., & Luthans, K. W. (2021). Chapter 9: Stress and conflict. In 
Organizational behavior: an evidence-based approach (14th ed.). Information Age Publishing. Available in the Trident Online Library.

Sanchez, R., & Bullock, D. (2021). Chapter 5. Connecting with the world: Negotiating in the age of collaboration. In 
How to connect with anyone, anywhere: Your passport to connecting globally. Career Press. Skillsoft Books Business Pro. Available in the Trident Online Library. 

Optional Reading

If you want to dig deeper into this topic, the following readings are especially useful for the Case and SLP Assignments.

De Clercq, D., Fatima, T., & Jahanzeb, S. (2022). Bullying and turnover intentions: How creative employees overcome perceptions of dysfunctional organizational politics.
 Personnel Review, 51(9), 2239-2260. Available in the Trident Online Library.

Esbati, Z., & Korunka, C. (2021, May). Does intragroup conflict intensity matter? The moderating effects of conflict management on emotional exhaustion and work engagement. 
Frontiers in Psychology, 12, 614001-614001. Available in the Trident Online Library.

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