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Accelerated Multi-Organization Conflict Resolution

Abstract

In this paper, we discuss two situations where two organizations with different aims recognized the dysfunctionality of their relationship. In each of these cases, which were long running (6–8 months), the organizations had worked hard to resolve this dysfunctionality, and conflict, by organizing off-site meetings designed to resolve the conflict. These 1-day meetings failed. Subsequently Group Support System workshops were used for 1 day workshops and in each case the conflict was essentially resolved within 55 min. The research reported in this paper seeks to answer the question: what happened in these cases that led to a resolution of the conflict in such a short time period, given other attempts had failed? Specifically the paper explores the impact of the GSS used to facilitate two organizations seeking to resolve a conflictual situation.

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    Group Explorer is collaboration software designed and developed at Strathclyde Business School. Further information is available from the authors.

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    http://www.pon.harvard.edu/category/research_projects/harvard-negotiation-project/.

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    Decision Explorer provides the researcher with the ability to explore the maps produced in the Group Explorer workshops. The software is available through Banxia.com.

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    Huw Weldon of the BBC in Attenborough (2002, p. 216).

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Ackermann, F., Eden, C. & Pyrko, I. Accelerated Multi-Organization Conflict Resolution. Group Decis Negot 25, 901–922 (2016). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10726-016-9472-z

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Keywords

  • Conflict resolution
  • Group Support Systems
  • Causal mapping
  • Multi-organization