Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)



First Advisor

Jessica L. Wildman

Second Advisor

Gary Burns

Third Advisor

Meredith Carroll

Fourth Advisor

Lisa Steelman


Research on conflict in organizations has previously been investigated as conflict management style, conflict content, and conflict culture. Weingart and colleagues (2015) proposed a new framework of examining conflict as conflict expression, which can be defined as an individual’s particular verbal or non-verbal behaviors in expressing disagreement. The current study aimed to expand the nomological network surrounding conflict expression in teams. First, the study examined the effect of each conflict expression on team performance. Second, the study examined team composition in terms of personality and political skill as antecedents of conflict expression. Third, the study examined the effect of political skill on escalatory conflict spiral. Finally, the study examined the bidirectional relationship between conflict expression and psychological safety emergence over time. To investigate these relationships, the current study used archival data collected over six-time points within 24 student project teams. To test for these hypothesized relationships, regression, moderated regression, latent growth curve modeling, and cross-lagged panel analysis were conducted.