Social networks and perceptions of intergroup conflict: The role of negative relationships and third parties

Giuseppe Labianca, Daniel J. Brass, Barbara Gray

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Abstract

This study investigated the relationship between interpersonal relationships among members of different departments and individuals' perceptions of intergroup conflict within an organization. Although friendships across groups were not significantly related to perceptions of intergroup conflict, negative relationships were associated with higher perceived intergroup conflict. Perceptions of intergroup conflict were also significantly related to indirect relationships through friends, and an amplification effect was uncovered. Finally, low intragroup cohesiveness was significantly related to higher perceptions of intergroup conflict.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)55-67
Number of pages13
JournalAcademy of Management Journal
Volume41
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 1998

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business and International Management
  • General Business, Management and Accounting
  • Strategy and Management
  • Management of Technology and Innovation

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