Rights and responsibilities of dissent: Cooperative conflict

  • Dean Tjosvold

DOI: 10.1007/BF01390435

Cite this article as:
Tjosvold, D. Employ Respons Rights J (1991) 4: 13. doi:10.1007/BF01390435


Cooperative conflict research supports the value of the right to dissent and self-expression as contributing significantly to organizational effectiveness. Through conflict, problems are identified, and solutions created and accepted, and a sense of justice and fairness established. Research also proposes a corresponding responsibility that employees and employers should establish a strong cooperative context for managing conflict. Structuring a conflict-positive organization is a powerful way to capture the benefits of conflict and support the right of dissent.

Key Words

conflictrightsdissentcooperation and competition

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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1991

Authors and Affiliations

  • Dean Tjosvold
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  1. 1.Faculty of Business AdministrationSimon Fraser UniversityBurnaby