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In the present research a conceptualization similar to that of Blake and
Mouton and Thomas was used to differentiate styles of handling interpersonal conflict on two basic dimensions: concern for self and for others.
'This study was supported by Youngstown State University Research Council Grant No. 372.
The first dimension explains the degree (high or low) to which a person attempts to satisfy his/her own concern. The second dimension explains the degree (high or low) to which a person wants to satisfy the concern of others (Rahim & Bonoma, 1979). A combination of the two dimensions results in five specific styles of handling interpersonal confiict as shown in Figure 1.
The Styles of Handling Interpersonal Conflict
Concern for Self
Four instruments currently are available for measuring the modes. These were designed by Blake and Mouton (1964), Hall (1969), Lawrence and
Lorsch (1967), and Thomas and Kilmann (1974). Thomas and Kilmann's study with 86 MBA students concluded that the "overall reliability coefficients for the four instruments fall within the low-to-moderate