Engaging with Purpose: Styles of Conflict Engagement Among Academic Deans
- conflict, higher education, leadership, dean, college
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Conflict engagement is an integral part of higher education leadership. This study examined conflict engagement styles among a sample of academic deans in a large Midwestern state college and university system using the Rahim Organizational Conflict Inventory-II (ROCI-II). The research question that was analyzed in the study was whether there is a prevalence of any particular approaches to conflict for academic deans of these institutions. Results suggested that training, both formal and informal, was common among the academic deans and that they tended to utilize an integrative style when engaging in conflict. Recommendations for further research and practice are offered, including how further application of conflict engagement best practices may apply within the online realm that has permeated most facets of life due to the current global pandemic.
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