Let’s see what happens when Dani decides to avoid the conflict.
In this example Dani decided to avoid the conflict by ignoring the email that her advisor sent through. Dani submitted the paper with her own name as author.
As a result she has ended up limiting contact with her advisor. This has lead to her feeling:
Dani says she’ll just ‘have to wait and see’ but the conflict seems likely to escalate. What could be some of the consequences when Dani’s advisor finds out that she published the paper without his name on it?
Let’s see what happened when Dani decided to avoid the conflict by giving in and accepting her advisor’s request.
In this instance Dani ended up:
Choosing to give in or accept her advisor’s suggestion without raising her concerns in the hope that the conflict will go away means that:
However Dani should think about whether giving in at this stage could do more harm to the relationship with her advisor in the future because she could continue to feel resentful and the situation will be left unresolved. Given that Dani is hoping to produce a number of papers, her advisor could continue to believe they have an established working relationship and ask to be named on future publications.
Doing nothing even though a conflict exists could be a wise or unwise choice depending on the circumstances of the conflict. Let's look at some other options you might consider.