The relationship between two variables which move in opposite directions; when one of the variables increases the other variable decreases. In a business setting this can also refer to a relationship caused by changes in interfacing functional groups. For example, groups 1 and 3 both interface with group 2, but neither of them interfaces directly with each other. However, changes made by group 1 which affects group 2 could have an indirect effect on group 3, creating an indirect relationship.
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