Compete and Compromise: Machiavellianism and Conflict Resolution
Mesko, N., Lang, A., Czibor, A., Szijjarto, L. & Bereczkei, T.(2014). Compete and Compromise: Machiavellianism and Conflict Resolution. EJBO - Electronic Journal of Business Ethics and Organization Studies, 19 (1), 14-18. Retrieved from http://ejbo.jyu.fi/pdf/ejbo_vol19_no1.pdf
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The aim of our present study was to examine Machiavellians’ conflict management styles that have been neglected in previous research. One hundred eighty three participants completed the Thomas-Kilmann Instrument and the Mach-IV test. A positive correlation was found between the scores on the Mach scale and the scores on the Competing and Compromising subscales, while a negative correlation was found between Mach scores and Avoiding and Accommodating scores. These results coincide with findings on the Machiavellians’ assertive, opportunistic and flexible strategies. Using the adequate problem solving strategies, Machiavellians can successfully adapt to the requirements of a given situation, and change tactics when necessary.