Functions of Conflict Within an Organisational Structure
a) Conflict generates new values, norms, and subsystems within an organisation.
b) Conflict within bureaucratic structures provides the means for growing ritualism and stagnation that could threaten such structures.
c) Conflict could attack and overcome the resistance towards change and innovation, but may be a threat for people managing the organization.
d) Conflict has personal or social value within an organization. Interest and curiosity are stimulated, problems could be aired and timeous solutions arrived at. Suppressing or disregarding conflict within an organization could easily lead to an intensification of a more pronounced type of conflict.