Minority dissent, social acceptance and conflict transformation in multiparty systems

  • Curseu, P. (Speaker)
  • Sandra G.L. Schruijer (Speaker)

Activity: Talk or presentation typesConference contribution (without a publication)Academic


Our study investigated the role of minority dissent (MD) as an antecedent for task and relationship conflict in groups engaged in multiparty collaboration. We hypothesized that minority dissent triggers both task (TC) and relationship conflict (RC) and the association between MD and RC is mediated by TC. Moreover, we hypothesized that the positive association between MD and RC is attenuated by social acceptance, while the positive association between TC and RC is attenuated by trust. We have tested our hypotheses in 36 groups composed of 145 professionals that attended a two day multiparty collaboration workshop and filled in three surveys during the multiparty behavioral simulation. We used multilevel mediation analyses to test our hypotheses and the results generally supported the role of MD as an antecedent for both TC and RC as well as the mediating role of TC in the relationship between MD and RC. The attenuating role of social acceptance in the relationship between MD and RC was fully supported, while the attenuating role of trust in the relationship between TC and RC was not supported. Our study makes an important contribution to the literature on conflict in multiparty systems by showing that as an antecedent of intragroup conflict, MD can have both beneficial as well as detrimental impact on the dynamics of multiparty systems and it points out the importance of social acceptance as a buffer against the detrimental role of MD.
Keywords: multiparty systems, task conflict, relationship conflict, trust, social acceptance
Period8 Sept 20229 Sept 2022
Event titleInternational Workshop on Teamworking 24
Event typeWorkshop
LocationNijmegen, NetherlandsShow on map
Degree of RecognitionInternational