1) How would you describe the conflict between Michael Eisner and the Weinstein brothers, the two board members (Disney and Gold), and Steve Jobs? Was it functional or dysfunctional?
Ivancevich (p. 311) defines functional conflict as a confrontation between groups that enhances and benefits the organization’s performance’ while he defines dysfunctional conflict as any confrontation or interaction between groups that harms the organization or hinders the achievement or organizational goals. Though, a point the Ivancevich makes (p. 311) is that in most cases, the point at which functional confrontation becomes dysfunctional is impossible to identify precisely. …show more content…
4) To what degree do you think Iger’s calmer and less confrontational approach to running Disney has helped the company position itself to survive a major economic recession?
Iger’s calmer and less confrontational approach has helped the company survive a major economic recession as he has probably increased positive relationships with the Board of Directors and other key companies he relies on to make Disney successful. I think Iger realizes how important it is to keep successful relationships and has developed those.