A PSYCHOMETRIC AND CONSTRUCT VALIDITY ASSESSMENT OF THE FLYNN-ELLOY CONFLICT MANAGEMENT STYLES INVENTORY
Abstract:This study examined Flynn and Elloy's (1987) 30-item Conflict Management Styles Inventory which taps five styles: competition, collaboration, compromise, avoidance, and accommodation. A sample of 210 management undergraduates completed the inventory and the Marlowe-Crowne Social Desirability scale (Crowne & Marlowe, 1960). Subsamples also completed the General Decision-Making Style inventory (Scott & Bruce, 1995) or the Life Roles Inventory-Values Scale (Fitzsimmons, Macnab, & Casserly, 1985). Confirmatory factor analyses supported the five scales although exploratory factor analyses and item/scale reliability analyses revealed some psychometric weaknesses. Six indexes formed from various combinations of the five styles were examined (Chanin & Schneer, 1984) as well as gender effects. All the styles and indexes were independent of social desirability. The pattern of relationships between conflict management styles and both decision-making styles and values provide some construct validity support for the Conflict Management Styles Inventory.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: January 1, 1999
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