Global Issues: Conflict Management Differences across Cultures

Summary: Individuals from different cultures adopt different conflict resolution strategies. For

example, compared to U.S. managers, Asian managers avoid discussing a conflict. U.S.

managers prefer a style of dominance and assertively competing to see who can convince the

other. Chinese managers favor compromise and avoidance, whereas British executives favor

collaboration and competition. Arab Middle Eastern executives use an integrating and avoiding


An Indian employee is hesitant to give a superior direct feedback to save face. Instead, the

person may tell you what you want to hear. Because Indians communicate positives, you

should listen for what they do not say. A desire to maintain face is related to a dominating

conflict style, and a desire to maintain the face of the other party is related to avoiding,

integrating, and compromising styles.

Collective cultures manage conflict differently from individualistic cultures. Collectivism

emphasizes group harmony, whereas individualism emphasizes individual rights. The Chinese

culture is collective and the North American culture is individualistic. Collective societies avoid

open conflict—conflict is resolved in inner circles before it justifies public involvement.

The above are some examples of what the discussion is about. Give your opinion and also any

examples from your native countries.

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