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Professor Peter Coleman's Article Published in Negotiation Journal

Getting Down to Basics: A Situated Model of Conflict in Social Relations

by Peter T. Coleman, Katharina G. Kugler, Lan Bui-Wrzosinska, Andrzej Nowak, and Robin Vallacher


The field of conflict resolution is fractured. Despite many decades of
fine research, we still lack a basic unifying framework that integrates
the many theories of conflict dynamics. Thus, the findings from
research on conflict are often piecemeal, decontextualized, contradictory,
or focused on negative outcomes, which contributes to a persistent
research-practice gap. In this article, we describe a situated model for
the study of conflict that combines separate strands of scholarship into
a coherent framework for conceptualizing conflict in dyadic social
relations. The model considers conflict interactions in the context of
social relations and employs prior research on the fundamental
dimensions of social relations to create a basic framework for investigating
conflict dynamics. The resulting model is heuristic and generative.
We discuss the theoretical context and main propositions of this
model as well as its implications for conflict resolution practitioners.

Full Reference:

Coleman, P. T., Kugler, K. G., Bui-Wrzosinska, L. B., Nowak, A., & Vallacher, R. (2012). Getting down to basics: A situated model of conflict in social relations. Negotiation Journal, 28(1), 7-43.

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