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Two kinds of conflict between people

A classification in terms of dimensions of imparity clarifies the distinction between the two main types of conflict that can occur between people.

Conflicts between people of the same type

If two people have the same dimension of imparity leading in their value systems, then it may be that they each apply that particular value in a particular situation and, as a result, come to different conclusions.

For example, two people who both have aesthetic value leading can disagree over the value of some particular building. In this case they are both using aesthetic criteria.

Conflicts between people of different types

By contrast, two people can disagree because they have different dimensions of imparity leading in their value systems, and so are using different dimensions of value when making a judgemnt.

For example, two people, one of whom has aesthetic value leading and the other economic value leading, can also disagree about the value of the building. But in this case they are each using different criteria, and so their disagreement is of a different type from the other.

When deciding how to divide up a working organisation into departments, this distinction between types of conflict yields a reason for matching departments to dimensions of imparity.

It also gives a reason for matching the leading dimensions of the individual staff to those of the departments in which they are employed. Of course, this consideration is hardly new. Such a match usually happens naturally.



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