Definition of Staff-Line Conflict

Staff-line conflict can be defined as the disagreements and jealousy between operating managers/units and staff/support managers and units. Human resource managers have long suffered from the staff line conflict that tends to arise in many organizations. For many reasons staff line difference in opinions may occur. Sometimes this conflict is latent and sometimes it may be expressed. Both the conditions are detrimental to the organization. Due to difference in academic qualification, status, ego feeling or realization of problems may be attributable to the staff line conflict.

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