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Transforming hidden conflicts into participation

Pierre El Haddad
  • Fonction : Auteur
Marc Bonnet


Purpose The purpose of this paper is to address the issues raised by hidden conflicts in a charismatic-led organization. The paper investigates the transformation from a management paradigm of quelling conflict artificially through charismatic leadership to a paradigm of negotiation that favors participation, systematicity, the multiplying of innovation sources and synchronization. The research is based on a specific approach to action research aimed at revealing the inherently masked conflictive energy, and contributing to a more sustainable, peaceful and well-performing construct. Design/methodology/approach The framework is a specific approach to participatory action research that the authors call socio-economic intervention research. Findings The results of the research support the proposition that while charismatic leadership quells conflict and jeopardizes the sustainability of the organization, socio-economic intervention research can help transform conflicts into cooperation in this type of organization. Originality/value The main contributions relate to shedding light on the hazards of denying conflict in charismatic-led organizations, and the importance of systemic negotiation in transforming conflict into cooperation in the Middle Eastern cultural context.
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hal-01907930 , version 1 (29-10-2018)



Pierre El Haddad, Marc Bonnet, Patrick Tabchoury. Transforming hidden conflicts into participation. Journal of Organizational Change Management, 2018, ⟨10.1108/JOCM-11-2016-0236⟩. ⟨hal-01907930⟩
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