Managing conflict in multidisciplinary teams

Karl A. Smith

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Various aspects of managing conflict in multidisciplinary teams are discussed. The presence of conflict, especially intellectual controvesy, is essential for effective group performance. The absence of controversy is a sign of apathy or a norm of concurrence seeking, where members are nice and don't disagree. Several symptoms of groupthink, organized into three categories which include overestimation of the group, closed mindedness and pressures toward uniformity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3427-3431
Number of pages5
JournalASEE Annual Conference Proceedings
StatePublished - 1999
Externally publishedYes
Event1999 ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition: Engineering Education to Serve the World - Cahrlotte, NC, United States
Duration: Jun 20 1999Jun 23 1999


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