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Adm. Sci. 2018, 8(3), 26; https://doi.org/10.3390/admsci8030026

Cross-Level Dynamics of Collaboration and Conflict in Multi-Party Systems: An Empirical Investigation Using a Behavioural Simulation

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Department of Psychology, Babeş-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca 400084, Romania
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Department of Organisation, Open University of the Netherlands, Valkenburgerweg 177, 6419 AT Heerlen, The Netherlands
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Utrecht University School of Governance, Utrecht University, Bijlhouwerstraat 6, 3511 ZC Utrecht, The Netherlands
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TIAS School for Business and Society, Tilburg University, Warandelaan 2, 5037 AB Tilburg, The Netherlands
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Received: 2 April 2018 / Revised: 30 May 2018 / Accepted: 21 June 2018 / Published: 28 June 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Dynamics of Interorganisational Collaborative Relationships)
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Abstract

Multiparty systems bring together various stakeholder parties and their representatives and offer a platform for sharing their diverse interests, knowledge and expertise in order to develop and realize joint goals. They display complex relational dynamics in which within-party interactions (interpersonal interactions within each stakeholder party) as well as between-party interactions (interactions between the stakeholder parties) intertwine to generate bottom-up and top-down influences. We investigate these influences in a behavioural simulation. Our results show that changes in task conflict at the stakeholder party level positively predict changes in perceived collaborativeness in the overall system, while changes in relationship conflict at the stakeholder party level positively predict changes in perceived conflictuality in the system. Moreover, we show that changes in perceived overall conflictuality leads to a proportional change in relationship conflict experienced within the stakeholder parties. View Full-Text
Keywords: collaboration; conflict; participation; multiparty systems; group dynamics; multilevel analysis collaboration; conflict; participation; multiparty systems; group dynamics; multilevel analysis
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Curseu, P.L.; Schruijer, S. Cross-Level Dynamics of Collaboration and Conflict in Multi-Party Systems: An Empirical Investigation Using a Behavioural Simulation. Adm. Sci. 2018, 8, 26.

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