Task Conflict is a type of relationship conflict that describes a difference of opinion on the right course of action between two or more individuals belonging to the same work group or team. It leads to disagreement between group members who have divergent viewpoints regarding the same issues so they cannot start or continue doing their job effectively until a resolution of the conflict is found and implemented.
Task conflicts are quite possible in any collaborative working environment because for people it is natural to enter into a discussion and have different viewpoints on the same issues. Although task conflicts appear to be resolved by team members, often administrative involvement is required to avoid conflict intensification and prevent productivity losses.
Task conflict can bring potentially positive outcomes. When team members are involved in the conflict they try to generate options to solve existing issues. Their effort can foster productive discussions and create new alterative solutions. Task conflict contributes to advanced problem solving and idea generation in case it comes naturally and without negative background.