A tale of two factions: Exploring the relationship between factional faultlines and conflict management in pension fund boards

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Abstract

We examine the effect of factional demographic faultlines between two naturally occurring factions within Dutch pension fund boards on conflict management within these boards. Data on 313 Dutch pension fund boards confirm that factional demographic faultlines are positively related to competitive conflict management and moderately negatively related to cooperative conflict management. As predicted by faultline theory, these relationships are mediated by perceived subgroup formation. A noteworthy finding with clear managerial implications is that the disruptive effects from factional demographic faultlines are attenuated by board reflexivity. Moderated mediation analyses corroborate these findings.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationGroningen
PublisherUniversity of Groningen, SOM research school
Number of pages53
Volume12001-HRM&OB
Publication statusPublished - 2012

Publication series

NameSOM Research Reports
PublisherUniversity of Groningen, SOM Research School
Volume12001-HRM&OB

Keywords

  • conflict management
  • reflexivity
  • perceived subgroup formation
  • demographic faultlines
  • social categorization theory
  • factions
  • pension fund boards
  • Boards of directors

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