Conflict is a disagreement where two or more parties involved perceive a threat to their needs, interests or concerns. It occurs when the different parties involved perceive that, as a consequence of a disagreement, there is a threat to their needs, interests or concerns.
The case is about a time when I was assigned a team project in college. One of my classmates’ sister had taken the same course the previous semester and offered the team to use the same work. Some of the students agreed, while others voiced concern. My position was very clear from the get-go. I rigorously opposed the idea of using the same PowerPoint presentation since that was considered cheating and plagiarism and we could get in big trouble. The conflict at hand was that the group was split in the middle, with the opposing party perceiving that doing the project from the ground up was a threat to their interests since final exams were coming soon and they didn’t want to lose “precious” time. My standing was that it would be unethical to use someone else’s project since we are in college to learn, it is considered cheating, and I had nothing to do with it. This was where the conflict erupted.
There was a lot at stake for the key parties (stakeholders) – the ones who were for, and the ones who were against using other people’s work. For me personally, my reputation was at stake, as well as the probability of being embarrassed, fail the course, lose the tuition money I paid for, waist five months retaking the class again, and pay tuition anew. At that time I was not familiar with the school policies but I was concerned with being expelled for plagiarism.
It was not extremely difficult to make a strong argument against the “prevailing winds” since I was not in the minority. The arguments I was trying to counter were that it would be a lot easier, effort-free and timesaving if we used the ready presentation. We did not have to worry about getting together a few evenings in order to put effort into...