Intergroup conflict within a South African mining company
- Authors: Havenga, Werner , Visagie, Jan , Linde, Herman , Gobind, Jenni
- Date: 2012
- Subjects: Mining industry - South Africa , Intergroup dynamics , Conflict management , Industrial relations
- Type: Article
- Identifier: uj:5903 , ISSN 1993-8233 , http://hdl.handle.net/10210/8022
- Description: The uncertainty that accompanies organizational change heightens prospects for intra-organizational conflict. Notwithstanding this, the knowledge base on the sources (or causes) of organizational conflict is underdeveloped – largely as a result of a low incidence of empirical research, and in particular in South Africa. The current study explored the perceived sources of intergroup conflict in a South African mining company. The aim of this research is to investigate intergroup conflict and to look into how intergroup conflict influences employment relations throughout all levels of the organization. From a probability population of 1000 in the twelve departments a random sample of 200 employees was chosen to participate in the research. This number represents 20% of the total population. Intergroup conflict was analysed and evaluated. Conclusions were drawn and recommendations made on the occurrence of intergroup conflict based on the findings of the literature and empirical study. Data frequencies, correlations and a correlation analysis were performed through the SPSS programme.
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Leadership competencies for managing diversity
- Authors: Visagie, Jan , Linde, Herman , Havenga, Werner
- Date: 2011
- Subjects: Management , Symbolic interactionism , Diversity management , Leadership style , Cronbach alpha values
- Type: Article
- Identifier: uj:5838 , ISSN 1854-6935 , http://hdl.handle.net/10210/7868
- Description: The new understanding of diversity involves more than increasing the number of different identity groups on the payroll. An important proposal is that the experience of diversity in an organisation results from pervasive styles of management. This article dealt with the specific paradigms of diversity management and leadership style theory used to address the research problem in the empirical study, namely ‘Is diversity management experience related to leadership styles or competencies?’ The models of diversity and inclusion indicators are used to examine the experience of diversitymanagement. The population of this study into the experience of diversity management is two thousand six hundred and sixty nine (2669) respondents. Leadership styles were obtained from four hundred and forty (440) leaders. The Cronbach alpha values were determined in order to indicate internal validity and reliability.
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