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Personality, motives, and conflict strategies in everyday service encounters

Personality, motives, and conflict strategies in everyday service encounters Purpose – This research aims to examine the link between personality, motives, and the choice of conflict resolution strategy in a service conflict context. Design/methodology/approach – Participants' responses to a service conflict scenario were coded into strategy categories and both personality (the Big Five) and motives were measured with established scales. Differences in personality and motives across the strategies were assessed with ANOVA and the relationship between personality and motives was assessed with multiple‐regression. Findings – While the results did not show a direct relationship between personality and choice of strategy, they did indicate an indirect link through motives. The results also show that consumers used a variety of strategies based on a mix of economic and social motives. Research limitations/implications – The results show that social motives play an important role in business conflicts. The study also supports a multi‐level perspective of personality, where basic tendencies (the Big Five) impact characteristic adaptations (motives), which are more closely related to behavior. Practical implications – The results suggest that consumer behavior in dealing with conflict can be complex and that service provider cannot rely on “one best way” strategies for dealing with customers. Managers should also be sensitive to the importance that social motives play in conflict resolution, particularly the importance consumers place on fairness. Originality/value – The paper illustrates how social motives play an important role in business conflicts. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png International Journal of Conflict Management Emerald Publishing

Personality, motives, and conflict strategies in everyday service encounters

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
Copyright © 2008 Emerald Group Publishing Limited. All rights reserved.
ISSN
1044-4068
DOI
10.1108/10444060810856067
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Abstract

Purpose – This research aims to examine the link between personality, motives, and the choice of conflict resolution strategy in a service conflict context. Design/methodology/approach – Participants' responses to a service conflict scenario were coded into strategy categories and both personality (the Big Five) and motives were measured with established scales. Differences in personality and motives across the strategies were assessed with ANOVA and the relationship between personality and motives was assessed with multiple‐regression. Findings – While the results did not show a direct relationship between personality and choice of strategy, they did indicate an indirect link through motives. The results also show that consumers used a variety of strategies based on a mix of economic and social motives. Research limitations/implications – The results show that social motives play an important role in business conflicts. The study also supports a multi‐level perspective of personality, where basic tendencies (the Big Five) impact characteristic adaptations (motives), which are more closely related to behavior. Practical implications – The results suggest that consumer behavior in dealing with conflict can be complex and that service provider cannot rely on “one best way” strategies for dealing with customers. Managers should also be sensitive to the importance that social motives play in conflict resolution, particularly the importance consumers place on fairness. Originality/value – The paper illustrates how social motives play an important role in business conflicts.

Journal

International Journal of Conflict ManagementEmerald Publishing

Published: Apr 25, 2008

Keywords: Conflict resolution; Consumer behaviour; Influence; Management effectiveness; Individual psychology

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