Engaging the Paradox in Partnership: Balancing Conflict and Cooperation
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Helena Syna Desivilya and Michal Palgi
The central argument we proposed in the introductory chapter and demonstrated throughout the various
book chapters, maintains that partnerships are dialectic entities. On the one hand these arrangements are
established in order to enable cooperation among the partners. Yet, each of the partners is motivated to promote
and emphasize his or her own interests, at times at the expense of the other partners. We present a conceptual
framework designed to synthesize the findings and insights of the preceding chapters. It focuses on factors
promoting versus impeding the success of partnerships, in particular their capabilities to cope with the dialectic
nature of these alliances. We address the following two questions: What factors influence the characteristics and
intensity of the paradox? How can the partners cope with the duality?
Max Stern Academic College of Emek Yezreel.