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The Role of the Size of the Small Group and Informal Subgroups in Intragroup Conflicts

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Academy of Psychology and Educational Sciences, Southern Federal University, 105/42 Bolshaya Sadovaya Str., Rostov-on-Don 344006, Russia
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Centre for the Study of Learning and Performance (CSLP), Concordia University, 1515 St. Catherine Street West, S-GA-2.126, Montreal, QC H3G 1W1, Canada
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Behav. Sci. 2020, 10(5), 84; https://doi.org/10.3390/bs10050084
Received: 22 February 2020 / Revised: 5 April 2020 / Accepted: 20 April 2020 / Published: 28 April 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue XVI European Congress of Psychology)
This study examines the relationship between (a) the size of groups and the number of informal subgroups in them with conflicts in the context of the group, and (b) the size of the informal subgroups with conflicts in the context of the subgroup. A multidimensional model of intragroup conflict was used, which includes two dimensions: five levels of conflict (i.e., interpersonal (individual–individual), micro-group (individual–subgroup), group (individual–group), subgroup–subgroup, and subgroup–group) and two types of conflict (activity-oriented and subject-oriented). Each level of conflict contains two types. Forty-one small work groups (334 employees) took part in the study. In the group as a whole, both the size of the group and the number of informal subgroups in it have a positive relationship with subgroup–subgroup conflict in both types and subgroup–group subject-oriented conflict, and have a negative connection with micro-group subject-oriented conflict. In turn, the size of the subgroup is positively associated with the two types of subgroup–group conflict and negatively connected with the two types of micro-group conflict, as well as with interpersonal activity-oriented conflict at the level of the informal subgroup. View Full-Text
Keywords: conflict levels; interpersonal conflict; individual–subgroup conflict; individual–group conflict; subgroup–subgroup conflict; subgroup–group conflict; conflict types; activity-oriented conflict; subject-oriented conflict conflict levels; interpersonal conflict; individual–subgroup conflict; individual–group conflict; subgroup–subgroup conflict; subgroup–group conflict; conflict types; activity-oriented conflict; subject-oriented conflict
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Sidorenkov, A.V.; Borokhovski, E.F. The Role of the Size of the Small Group and Informal Subgroups in Intragroup Conflicts. Behav. Sci. 2020, 10, 84.

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