A psychological approach to third-party side-taking in interpersonal conflicts



Yang, Huadong ORCID: 0000-0002-8935-941X, van de Vliert, Evert and Jehn, Karen
(2018) A psychological approach to third-party side-taking in interpersonal conflicts. Organizational Psychology Review, 8 (2-3). 174 - 191.

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Abstract

<jats:p> Third parties often react to an interpersonal conflict by taking sides. However, under the assumption that third parties are to help disputants resolve their problems, the topic of side-taking has been overlooked in the literature of conflict management. In this theoretical paper, we propose self-interest, moral, and relationship motives to explain the psychological mechanism of side-taking. We then discuss how disputant-related factors (in terms of the effects of status differences between third parties and disputants), dispute-related factors (in terms of conflict types), and contextual factors (in terms of individualism/collectivism) have an influence on the three types of side-taking motives to gain a deeper and broader understanding of side-taking. By focusing on side-taking and analyzing its motives, our theoretical framework connects and extends the literatures on third-party intervention and coalition formation. It also bridges the gap between individuals, dyads, groups, and organizations at different levels of conflict processes. </jats:p>

Item Type: Article
Depositing User: Symplectic Admin
Date Deposited: 17 Aug 2018 14:37
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2021 16:10
DOI: 10.1177/2041386618798430
URI: https://livrepository.liverpool.ac.uk/id/eprint/3025135