CONFLICTS IN NIGERIAN UNIVERSITIES: CAUSES AND MANAGEMENT

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This paper focuses on conflict between individuals and between groups as a universal phenomenon of management and organizational behaviour. It recognizes conflict as an inherent feature of organization, and induced, in part, by the very structure of the organization.

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CONFLICTS IN NIGERIAN UNIVERSITIES: CAUSES AND MANAGEMENTByAlabi, A. T. (Ph.D.)Department of Educational Management, University of llorin, llorinAbstractThis paper focuses on conflict between individuals and between groups as a universal phenomenon of management and organizational behaviour. It recognizes conflict .as an inherent feature of organization, and induced, in part, by the very structure of the organization. The structure of universities allows the sharing of functional boundaries among students, staff, and administrators. The complexities of the resultant interactions result in conflicts. Specifically, these conflicts are caused by factors such as limited resources, differences in perception, autonomy drives, role conflict, and political and national issues. The paper further examines the nature and causes of conflicts within the university system and suggests some strategies to minimize the harmful effects of conflicts.IntroductionConflicts are inevitable in any organization. This is more so in an organization as a university with a structure that allows two or more units or groups to share functional boundaries in achieving its set objectives. In universities, people with differing nature -students, lecturers and administrative staff - have to work harmoniously together. Hence, the organizational structure is such that staff and staff, students and students, and staff and students share functional boundaries of exchange of knowledge.The goal of univer

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