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Table 2 Features of competing demands

From: Analyzing competing demands in organizations: a systematic comparison

Features Description
Existence of a dyad There are two demands that are competing because they need separate attention or they give a different prescription for action.
Contradiction Competing demands are oppositional, and thus, engaging them both seems irrational.
Compatibility Competing demands can function together and do not necessarily negate each other.
Interrelatedness Competing demands have a bidirectional relationship where one interpenetrates the other.
Complementarity Competing demands reinforce one another.
Simultaneity Competing demands can function together at the same time at their full strength.
Push-pull Competing demands are in a tug-of-war in opposite directions, which can either be permanent or temporary.