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Social-Organizational Psychology

In Organization and Leadership

Peter Coleman (MD-ICCCR)

Topics of Interest:

What determines whether conflict will move in a destructive or constructive direction? 

This is the overarching question that has driven decades of research at the MD-ICCCR.While the answers to such questions are complex, we seek to identify the most fundamental factors that lead to qualitative differences in dynamics of conflict and peace. This research has spawned new insights and new research questions, including: 

Current Workgroup Members:

  • Peter Coleman, Ph.D.
  • Katharina Kugler, Ph.D. (Faculty, Ludwig-Maximillians-University, Munich, Germany)
  • Ljubica Chatman, Ph.D.
  • Nick Redding, Ph.D. Student
  • Christine Chung, Ph.D. Student
  • Regina Kim, Ph.D. Student
  • Molly Clark, Ed.D. Student
  • Kyong Mazzaro, M.S.
  • Chris Straw, M.S.
  • Kristen Rucki
  • Rochelle Arms

Current Research Projects:

Current Applied Projects:

  • Mediation Adaptivity Assessment Tool (MAAT)
  • Collaboration with the United Nations Mediation Support Unit (MSU)
  • Conflict Intelligence Assessment Tool
  • Organizational Conflict Assessment Framework

Past Research & Applied Projects

  • Situated Model of Conflict in Social Relations
  • Implicit Power Theory
  • Conflict, Culture and Complexity Lab Studies
  • Dynamical Measure of Individualism-Collectivism

Representative Publications:


Coleman P. T., Deutsch, M.  & Marcus, E. (Eds.). (2014). The Handbook of Conflict Resolution: Theory and Practice. 3rd Edition, San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass. 

Coleman, P.T. & Ferguson, R. (September, 2014). Making Conflict Work: Harnessing the power of disagreement.  
New York, NY: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. 
Vallacher, R., Coleman, P. T., Nowak, A., Bui-Wrzosinska, L., Liebovitch, L., Kugler, K. & Bartoli, A. (2013). Attracted to Conflict: The Dynamic Foundations of Malignant Social Relations. New York, NY: Springer. 
Coleman, P. T. (Ed.). (2012). Conflict, Justice, and Interdependence: The Legacy of Morton Deutsch. New York, NY: Springer. 
Coleman, P. T. & Deutsch, M. (Eds.). (July, 2012). The Psychological Components of a Sustainable Peace. New 
York: Springer. 
Coleman, P. T. (2011). The five percent: Finding solutions to seemingly impossible conflicts. New York: Perseus Book Group. 

Coleman, P.T., Kugler, K., Mazzaro, K, Gozzi, C., El Zokm, N, Kressel, K. (in press). Putting the Peaces Together: A Situated Model of Mediation. International Journal of Conflict Management.

Coleman, P. T., & Kugler, K. G. (2014). Tracking Managerial Conflict Adaptivity: Introducing a Dynamic Measure of Adaptive Conflict Management in Organizations.Journal of Organizational Behavior. Online first publication.

Kurt, L., Kugler, K. G., Coleman, P. T., & Liebovitch, L. S. (2014). Behavioral and emotional dynamics of two people struggling to reach consensus about a topic on which they disagreePLoS ONE, 9, 1-15. 
Coleman, P.T., Kugler K., Bui-Wrzosinska, L., Nowak, A. & Vallacher, R. (2012). Getting Down to Basics: A Situated Model of Conflict in Social RelationsNegotiations Journal, 28(1), 7-43.

Vallacher, R., Coleman, P. T., Nowak, A., Bui-Wrzosinska, L. (2010). Rethinking intractable conflict: The perspective of dynamical systemsAmerican Psychologist, 65 (4), 262-278.  
Coleman, P.T., Kugler, K., Mitchinson, A., Chung, C.T., & Musallam, N. (2010). The View from Above and Below: The Effects of Power and Interdependence Asymmetries on Conflict Dynamics and Outcomes in Organizations.  Negotiations and Conflict Management Research, 3 (4), 283-331.
Coleman, P.T., Vallacher, R.R., Nowak, A. & Bui-Wrzosinska, L. (Eds., 2010). Special Issue: Dynamical Systems Theory and ConflictPeace and Conflict: Journal of Peace Psychology, 16 (2). 
Coleman, P.T., Gray, B. & Putnam, L.L. (Eds., 2007). Special Issue: Intractable Conflict.American Behavioral Scientist, 50 (11). 
Peter T. Coleman (2003). Characteristics of Protracted, Intractable Conflict: Toward the Development of a Metaframework-I . Peace and Conflict: Journal of Peace Psychology, 9(1).  

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