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AlQahtany, A, Rezgui, Y and Li, H (2013) A proposed model for sustainable urban planning development for environmentally friendly communities. Architectural Engineering and Design Management, 9(03), 176-94.
El Reifi, M H and Emmitt, S (2013) Perceptions of lean design management. Architectural Engineering and Design Management, 9(03), 195-208.
London, K and Singh, V (2013) Integrated construction supply chain design and delivery solutions. Architectural Engineering and Design Management, 9(03), 135-57.
Senaratne, S and Udawatta, N (2013) Managing intragroup conflicts in construction project teams: case studies in Sri Lanka. Architectural Engineering and Design Management, 9(03), 158-75.
- Type: Journal Article
- ISBN/ISSN: 1745-2007
- URL: https://doi.org/10.1080/17452007.2012.738041
Conflict is intrinsic to individuals, teams and organisations. Due to the unique and complex nature with various parties, conflict is inevitable in most construction projects. According to the general management literature, three distinct types of intragroup conflicts can be identified: task, process and relationship conflicts. However, very little consideration has been given in the literature addressing the three types individually in a construction project team setting. Therefore, this study has explored the existence of types of intragroup conflicts and their management in this context. This research was approached through case studies of six construction projects, which were operating under the traditional procurement method in Sri Lanka. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with three distinct participants from each team. The findings revealed that both process and relationship conflicts offer disruptive effects to construction projects and teams, while task conflicts offer positive effects when they exist at low levels. Based on the most critical sources identified within the cases, suggestions are offered here to construction project team managers on how to manage intergroup conflicts proactively. Since the research is based on six case studies on traditional procurement arrangement in Sri Lanka, further research is required to generalise the findings across different contexts.