Causes of Conflict - general


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Causes of Conflict - general

  1. 1. Causes of Conflict<br />
  2. 2. Definition of Conflict<br />Conflict: a strong disagreement or collision of values, interests or intentions among individuals, groups, organizations, communities, and nations. <br />
  3. 3. Conflict definition<br />Conflict occurs when basic needs are not met, or when an individual or group is interfering with or obstructing the attainment of certain goals.<br />
  4. 4. Causes of Conflict<br />1. Data – Incomplete or inaccurate data (information) can lead to conflict. <br />Often these conflicts involve disagreements over what is best in a given situation (even if the facts are agreed upon.)<br />
  5. 5. Incomplete/Inaccurate Data<br />
  6. 6. Causes of Conflict<br />2. Relationships: may involve strong emotions or poor communication.<br />Often these conflicts involve one party questioning the motives or good-will of the other party. <br />
  7. 7. Causes of Conflict<br />3. Values: different understandings of morality, belief systems, or what is “right or wrong”<br /> difficult to resolve as parties may be unwilling to compromise on what they believe is “true” <br />
  8. 8. Differing Values<br />
  9. 9. Causes of Conflict<br />4. Structural: physical limits that prevent parties from getting what they want or need.<br />This may be the result of systems that are unjust or prejudiced, and do not allow people to have their needs met. <br />
  10. 10. Structural causes<br />
  11. 11. Causes of Conflict<br />5. Interests: different perceptions of the interests involved – conflict of interests<br />often resolved through creative problem-solving and “expanding the pie” of available options<br />
  12. 12. Differing Interests<br />
  13. 13. Causes of Conflict<br />6. Resources: competition over a fixed (or limited) amount of resources, or a perception of such<br />leads to competition for their “piece of the pie” <br />
  14. 14. Resources<br />
  15. 15. Causes of Conflict<br />Incomplete/Inaccurate Data<br />Relationship Issues <br />Differing Values<br />Structural (Institutional)<br />Differing or Competing Interests<br />Limited Resources<br />