Towards an Integrated Workplace Mediation System: Reflections on the South African Experience

  • Barney JordaanEmail author
  • Greet De Wulf
Part of the Industrial Relations & Conflict Management book series (IRCM)


Workplace mediation is more than merely a potentially useful process for conflict resolution and disputes in the workplace. Reuben (2005) argues that the new world of work – characterized by a breakdown of hierarchies, de-siloing of functions, flexible job descriptions, and greater employee mobility requires adherence to principles of democratic governance. In this regard, effective and constructive internal dispute resolution systems are a vital consideration for any organization. Workplace mediation, which allows for a large measure of party autonomy and self-determination (Reuben, 2005), plays a critical role here by channeling inevitable tensions in the work environment into a constructive direction, supportive of broader organizational change.


Dispute Resolution Conflict Management Workplace Bully World Bank Group Unfair Labour Practice 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Vlerick Business SchoolGentBelgium

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