International Journal of Management and Business Studies ISSN: 2167-0439 Vol. 2 (1), pp. 023-033, January 2012. © International Scholars Journals 

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Management of Organizational Conflict in Nigeria Polytechnics, an Empirical Study of the Federal Polytechnic, Ede Osun State

Adebile, Olukayode. A Ph.D, Ojo, Thompson. O.

Department of Statistics, Federal Polytechnic, Ede, Nigeria

Department of Statistics, University of Botswana Gaborone, Botswana

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Received December 17, 2011; Accepted January 13, 2012


The study investigated the conflict management styles used in the Federal Polytechnic, Ede and the possible effects on the organizational performance of the institution since 1992. It focused on the causes, types, effects and strategies for managing conflicts with a view to suggesting ways of improving the performance and productivity of the school. The study employed descriptive research design and used questionnaire to collect data from 100 senior officer’s cadre of the institution. The research revealed that the major cause of organizational conflicts in the institution was communication. It was identified that inter-group conflict was the main type of conflict in the institution. About 50% of the respondents believed that conflicts interfere with organization operations and wastes resources. About 74% believed that conflicts can be managed through collaboration and bargaining. The influences of gender, position held in the polytechnic, and experience on the opinion of staff on causes, effects, and conflict management strategies were established. To improve the relationship between management and other stakeholders, management should encourage the spirit of team work. Provision of basic facilities like office accommodation and furniture should be improved. The beginning and end of year briefings used in the institution should be sustained and made inspiring and motivational in nature. Management should adopt an open policy strategy so that different groups can move closer, collaborate and make some compromises where possible so that the objectives of setting up the polytechnic will be achieved.

Keywords: Conflict, Basic provisions, stakeholders, Open Policy, Compromise, Team Work.