Journal of the Operational Research Society

, Volume 58, Issue 5, pp 602–613

Drama theory: dispelling the myths

Special Issue Paper

DOI: 10.1057/palgrave.jors.2602239

Cite this article as:
Bryant, J. J Oper Res Soc (2007) 58: 602. doi:10.1057/palgrave.jors.2602239


Drama theory is little more than a decade old and has already proved a versatile tool for analysing collaborations and conflicts. However, its widespread use has, it is argued here, been inhibited by a number of factors, some trivial, others more substantial. Following a resume of its emergence and a sketch of the ways that it has thus far been used, this paper sets out to examine and dispel the mist of prejudice, ambiguity and misinterpretation that has accumulated. Some specific application pathways are described, demonstrating how the strengths of the drama theory framework can be most effectively be exploited in practice. The paper includes some pointers for future development and exploitation.


collaborationconflictdrama theoryinteractionproblem structuringrationality

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© Palgrave Macmillan Ltd 2007

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Sheffield Hallam UniversityUK