In this situation, there seems to be no apparent reason for the conflict but rather an issue of misunderstanding. The conflict has been fueled by a humorous statement made by the vice-president of marketing that the design department tends to over design the products. This comment was not meant to be a criticism but rather a humor but it was eventually misunderstood by the vice-president of design and he leveled the score by asserting that the marketing manager does not understand design limitation. The conflict spills over to influence employees to take sides. The course of this conflict shows that a point of misunderstanding spills from a conflict of two people to a full blown conflict that affects the employees. The following are three main approaches that can be used to resolve this conflict.