A co-operation conflict is a collaborative working relationship located within a conflict. A co-operation involves at least two parties working in synergy together. Synergy seeks mutual benefit within a co-operation. A conflict reveals the intersection of the co-operation that is non-mutual.

What are the consequences of an on-going co-operation conflict?

A discordant co-operative business relationship can last for an average of between 4–5 years before the conflict destroys it, leaving co-operation partners now with an aversion to collaborations in its wake. Many destinies are only outwardly manifested when existence is seriously threatened; top-level experts and entrepreneurs fail ultimately because of an apparently small interpersonal conflict they have in their business relationship. The collaborations fail on account of themselves, as the co-operation conflict has bound and destroyed the entrepreneurial energy. The sad truth is that people who have been personally involved in a long-standing conflict no longer act professionally and confidently in most cases. Actions injurious to business arise, such as teasing and outbreaks of anger in front of customers. The combatants’ work performance drops and the business suffers. In the worst-case scenario, the conflict causes the business to collapse. The smaller the business, the quicker its existential substance is affected. The bigger the business, the longer an unresolved co-operation conflict can eat away at capital in the form of finances and health.