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June 22, 2020
June 22, 2020
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Women in Engineering
The increased use of collaborative project delivery systems requires more cooperation and shared management of the construction process to achieve project success. With this increase in collaborative systems also comes an increased need for project representatives to manage conflict. Project failures utilizing collaborative methods are frequently attributed to an inability or unwillingness of project representatives to successfully resolve conflict collaboratively. Research suggests that women are more likely to use a collaborative conflict management style than men as well as the inclusion of women in CM roles aids project efficiency and reduces negative conflict. Determining whether female CM students are better suited for collaborative project delivery systems helps to gain a better understanding of the benefits of recruiting women to work in construction management. Researchers at XXX’s Construction Management (CM) program employed the Thomas-Kilmann Conflict Instrument (TKI) to compare the differences in conflict management styles between male and female CM students. A series of independent samples t-tests determined which conflict management styles differed between the male and female students. Two conflict management styles showed statistically significant differences including Competing (t = 1.981, p < 0.05) and Accommodating (t = -2.551, p < 0.01). However, no statistically significant difference was indicated for the Collaborating, Avoiding, and Accommodating conflict management styles. Another set of independent samples t-tests were utilized to determine if differences existed between male and female CM students along the two axes of the TKI graph. It was shown that statistically significant differences do exist regarding Cooperativeness (t = -2.329, p < 0.05) however, there was no statistically significant difference regarding Assertiveness. Results show that female CM students are not necessarily more collaborative than their male counterparts. However, both groups possess attributes of collaboration that the other lacks. Harnessing and pooling these differences has the potential to benefit the construction industry.
Serne, J., & Martin, D. W. (2020, June), A Gender-Based Analysis of Conflict Management Styles for Construction Management Students Paper presented at 2020 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual On line . 10.18260/1-2--34005
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