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When a Friend Becomes a Foe: The Effects of Relational
Rifts on Individuals and Groups

Author(s): Tracey Rockett, M. Alix Valenti

Citation: Tracey Rockett, M. Alix Valenti, (2013) "When a Friend Becomes a Foe: The Effects of Relational Rifts on Individuals and Groups," Journal of Management Policy and Practice, Vol. 14, Iss. 5, pp. 57 - 69

Article Type: Research paper

Publisher: North American Business Press


Research on negative relationships typically focuses on existing negativity rather than relationship
change. We introduce the term relational rift to describe the situation when the relationship between two
individuals turns from positive to negative. We suggest that the impact of relationship change on
individuals and groups is more profound than if there is existing dislike. We review the literature on
conflict and negative relationships. Further, we present empirical evidence that a socio-emotional rift can
produce a more negative effect on individual work behaviors than task-oriented rifts and feelings of trust
and willingness to help are deteriorated due to the rift.