The word "conflict" generally means "to come into collision or disagreement; be contradictory, at variance, or in opposition; clash" also "an open clash between two opposing groups (or individuals)". There are many more other reasons why conflict comes into play during collaboration, such as differences in attitudes, beliefs, values or needs. I think conflict in relation to collaboration refers more to the second meaning, which is an open clash between individuals since we are working in a small team. Every team may come across conflict during collaboration as every individual has different thoughts and ways they approach things. The list below are some reasons why conflict may come into play during collaboration.
- Feelings and emotions
The links below gives us an insight on conflict and how to overcome and avoid it, manage conflict and turning it into collaboration.
The word "technology" - a technological process, invention, method, or the like.
- the sum of the ways in which social groups provide themselves with the material objects of their civilization. Technology is always advancing, coming up with great ideas which makes life more easier. Personally i think technology in terms of collaboration means using technology such as Internet, mobile phones and computers etc, to its full potential and to our advantage in collaboration. Examples include the Internet, with instant messaging helping us collaborate much easier and faster, making it more efficient to achieve our desired goals. Without technology things would be a whole lot different. Technology in relation to our group means using computers, software, communication devices to help create our chosen building.
Dr.Hoban.T, Managing conflict, Know your watershed, Date Accessed 25th March 2009, http://www2.ctic.purdue.edu/KYW/Brochures/ManageConflict.html
Gravett.L, Turning conflict into collaboration, E-hresurces, Date Accessed 25th March 2009, http://www.e-hresources.com/Articles/Oct2001.htm
Source: Conflict Picture, New Resolution, http://www.newresolution.org/wires/wirescrossed_Feb08.html, (Date Accessed 25th March 2009)