This study explored the differences in interpersonal communication skills – assertiveness and conflict management in particular between students with a senior academic standing in the college of engineering and the department of organizational leadership and supervision at Purdue University, West Lafayette. The Rathus Assertiveness Schedule and the Putnam-Wilson OCCI were used to measure assertiveness levels and conflict management styles in students. Results from the study indicated that there is no significant difference in assertiveness levels or the use of conflict management styles between the two majors. However, significant differences in assertiveness levels and the control scale of conflict management were found between males and females.
Asserrtiveness, conflict management, engineering, organizational leadership and supervision, OLS, interpsonal skills, communication
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Organizational Leadership and Supervision
Month of Graduation
Year of Graduation
Master of Science
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