Collaborating is the search for a mutually satisfactory solution.
Show EXHIBIT 2 and discuss the main conditions which influence an organization towards conflict situations.
The design approach uses conflict as a situation and attempts to resolve it through creativity. Show EXHIBIT 8 and discuss the three main categories of response style. Addressers take risks and try to resolve conflicts.
Addressers may be 'first steppers' or 'confronters,' depending upon the desire to resolve the conflict.
Compromising is a mid-way solution, best suited to situations where the conflicting parties are relatively equal in power and have mutually independent goals.
Avoiding is delaying or ignoring the conflict in the hope that over time the conflict situation will resolve itself. It involves high cooperation and low confrontation.
Observe that when scientists face conflict situations, they tend to assert themselves through collaboration or competition.