Intergroup Relations

Intergroup Relations

By
Roderick M. Kramer, Jennifer Schaffer
Organizational Behavior: Wiley Encyclopedia of Management (Volume 11, 3rd Edition). New York: Wiley, January
2015

Within organizational theory, the term intergroup relations refers to individual interactions involving members from different groups, as well as the collective behavior of groups in interaction with other groups at either the intra- or inter-organizational level. The study of intergroup relations has focused on both the antecedents of cooperation and conflict between groups, as well as identifying the consequences of intergroup relations on organizational functioning.