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Fisher-Yoshida, Beth
Organization & Leadership

201 Zankel

Educational Background

  • Ph.D., Human and Organizational Systems, Fielding Graduate Institute
  • M.A. Organizational Development, Fielding Graduate Institute
  • M.A. Special Education, Teachers College
  • B.A, Buffalo State College
  • B.S., Buffalo State College
  • Scholarly Interests

  • Conflict resolution (collaboration, framing & perspective taking, critical reflection & reflexivity).
  • Intercultural communication.
  • Transformative learning.
  • Coordinated Management of Meaning (CMM).
  • Selected Publications

    "Moral Conflict and Engaging Alternative Perspectives"; in Deutsch, M., Coleman, P.T. & Marcus, E. (Eds.); The Handbook of Conflict Resolution: Theory and Practice, Jossey-Bass, 2006.

    "When Meaning is Coordinated for Transformation in Conflict: CMM and Critical Reflection;" Transformative Learning Conference Proceedings; October 2005.

    "Reframing Conflict: Intercultural Conflict as Potential Transformation"; The Journal of Intercultural Communication, Volume 8, June 2005.

    "Transformative Learning in Human Resource Development: Successes in Scholarly Practitioner Applications: Conflict Management, Discursive Practices in Diversity and Leadership Development;" Kathy D. Geller & Ilene Wasserman co-authors; Association for Human Resource Development, Conference Proceedings; February 2005.

    "Conflict Resolution at Multiple Levels Across the Lifespan: The Work of the ICCCR"; Peter T. Coleman co-author; Theory Into Practice, Vol.43, No.1, Winter 2004, Ohio State University

    Creating and Disseminating Knowledge"; Post-conference paper,  Interrupting Oppression and Sustaining Justice (IOSJ); February 2004;

    "Self-Awareness and the Co-Construction of Conflict"; Human Systems: The Journal of Systemic Consultation and Management, Volume 14, Issue 4, 2003;

    "Reconstructing ripeness: A study of constructive engagement in complex, intractable systems of conflict." w/Coleman, P. T., Hacking, A., Stover, M.. Paper presented for Division 48 at the American Psychological Association conference in Toronto, August 2003.

    "Theorists and Practitioners Engage: Developing an Intervention in Conflict Resolution"; Action Research Symposium; Fielding Graduate University; July 2001;

    "Japan Needs New Perspectives - step outside the box"; article in Daily Yomiuri newspaper, Japan, April 2001

    "Positive Mind-Set Said Key in Dealing With Economy"; interview in Nikkei Weekly, Japan, April 2001

    Fisher-Yoshida, B. (2000). Altering awareness of self, relationship and context in conflict resolution: Impact, feedback and reflection. Dissertation Abstracts International, 61/03, 1694B, (UMI No. 9966201)

    "To Emote or Not to Emote: A Relationship Between Emotions, Culture, and Conflict"; SIETAR International Journal, Vol.1, No.2, Fall 1999

    "Culture, Communication and Conflict"; Masako Hamada co-author; SIETAR International Journal, Vol.1, No.1, Spring 1999

    Dr. Fisher-Yoshida is a Lecturer in the Social and Organizational Psychology Program and Associate Director of the International Center for Cooperation and Conflict Resolution (ICCCR), at Teachers College, Columbia University, in New York City. She teaches classes in conflict resolution and conducts participatory action research (PAR). 

    Dr. Fisher-Yoshida is the founder of FYI Fisher Yoshida International, LLC, a firm specializing in Organizational Development, Corporate Training, Facilitation, Mediation and Executive Coaching, As a consultant, she works with clients to design and deliver customized interventions aimed at professional and personal development within their organizations.  Clients have included individuals and organizations in the nonprofit, private and government sectors in the U.S., Canada, Asia, Europe, Africa and the Middle East.

    Dr. Fisher-Yoshida has more than 20 years experience in working with people in organizations.  Areas of specialization include working with client organizations in supporting their change efforts through: conflict resolution, negotiation and mediation; diversity; communication including intercultural communication; influence skills; team building; performance management and leadership development.  She has worked in many industries including financial, pharmaceutical, consumer goods, and media.  Dr. Fisher-Yoshida also works with government agencies such as NASA and non-governmental organizations as the United Nations.

    Dr. Fisher-Yoshida has been very active in professional organizations holding many leadership positions.  She is currently a member of Society for Organizational Learning (SOL); Association for Conflict Resolution (ACR); the Society of Intercultural Education, Training and Research (SIETAR); Academy of Management (AOM); Association for Human Resource Development (AHRD); and International Communication Association (ICA).  She is also serving as the Chairperson of the Fielding Graduate University Alumni Council.

    Dr. Fisher-Yoshida received her Ph.D. in Human and Organizational Systems and MA in Organization Development from Fielding Graduate University in Santa Barbara, California.  She graduated with honors when she received her MA from Teachers College, Columbia University.  She received both a BA and a BS from Buffalo State College.  She is a Certified Clinical Sociologist (CCS).  She speaks conversational Japanese and once lived and worked in Japan for 13 years.



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