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

Huadong Yang, Evert Van de Vliert, Karen Jehn

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    Abstract

    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 sidetaking. 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 sidetaking 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.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)174-191
    Number of pages18
    JournalOrganizational Psychology Review
    Volume8
    Issue number2-3
    Early online date28-Oct-2018
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Nov-2018

    Keywords

    • OUTCOME FAVORABILITY
    • PROCEDURAL FAIRNESS
    • 3RD PARTIES
    • PERFORMANCE
    • TASK
    • INTERVENTION
    • PREFERENCE
    • RESOLUTION
    • IMPACT
    • SELF

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