This study examines the impact of oppression on conflict-relevant factors in a community-based organizational setting. The research reveals that although the organization experiences very similar antecedents, manifestations, and complications of organizational conflict as most organizations, the oppression that the members of the organization and the organization itself experience adds a lens through which the dynamics of conflict are filtered, magnified, and complicated. Most notably, and paradoxically, the findings show that the organization has become a closed system in response to the oppression it is working to address. The study results have implications for the design and management of anti-oppression organizations. In particular, they suggest a need to invest in conflict-management processes, skills, and reflective organizational practices as tools promote open systems.
Sheila Braidek, MA, studied Conflict Analysis And Management (Organizational) at Royal Roads University. She has worked in community-based organizations since 1983. Sheila is currently working in a community health centre in Toronto, Canada, where she lives with her partner. The dog lets them share the house.