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Types of Project Conflict
By Global Knowledge

The types of conflict most project managers will be called upon to deal with include:

  • Intrapersonal – An internal conflict, perhaps over one’s own values. This can occur when someone is asked to lead and/or participate in a task or activity in which they either do not agree, or have not yet bought into.
  • Interpersonal – A conflict between two or more people
  • Intra-group – Conflict that occurs within a group, sometimes over tasks or group relationships
  • Inter-group or department – Conflict between groups, perhaps due to competition for resources
  • Intra-organizational – Conflict that occurs between the organizational levels, like management, and can be seen in “rank and file” structures
  • Inter-organizational – Conflict that occurs between organizations, during a merger or acquisition for example, or during normal project work when utilizing inter-organizations and contractors

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