Theory and Research in Conflict Management

Theory and Research in Conflict Management

Theory and Research in Conflict Management

Theory and Research in Conflict Management

Synopsis

The twelve essays collected here offer a wide-ranging look at the latest theory and research in conflict management. Organized around six broad topical areas, the volume explores organizational conflict, communication and conflict, negotiation and bargaining, mediation and arbitration, conflict in the public sector, and international conflict. Interdisciplinary in scope, the essays are designed to help human resource professionals, industrial psychologists and managers learn to manage conflict by identifying ways to maximize its positive effects while minimizing its negative and potentially disruptive influences.

Excerpt

In recent years, there have been renewed interest and significant changes in the study of conflict in social and organizational contexts. The formation of the International Association for Conflict Management to encourage research, teaching, and training and development on managing social and organizational conflicts and the publication of the International Journal of Conflict Management attest to this renewed interest.

In our previous publication, Managing Conflict: An Interdisciplinary Approach, we tried to present conflict management as an interdisciplinary field of study. The present work is designed to discuss theory and research in conflict management. This work is organized around six sections: organizational conflict, communication and conflict, negotiation and bargaining, mediation and arbitration, conflict in the public sector, and international conflict. This work retains the interdisciplinary approach to the study of conflict and conflict management used in the previous book. It is expected that this will help social system leaders to improve their conflict management skills.

This book contains 12 competitive papers presented at the Second Biannual Conference of the International Association for Conflict Management. These papers were selected on the basis of their reviewers' comments and recommendations of their respective chapter editors. Each paper and chapter introduction was revised or rewritten according to my comments, to maintain consistency and quality. We have strictly . . .

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