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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:
- Are there optimal ratios of different motives that lead to constructive conflict?
- What determines fundamental differences in mediation strategies and the constructiveness of mediation?
- How do power differences between disputants affect conflicts and how can they be resolved constructively?
- How do cultural differences between disputants affect conflicts and how can they be resolved constructively?
- What determines whether conflicts over injustice and oppression move in a constructive or destructive direction?
- What are the fundamental dimensions of sustainable human development?
- Why do some types of conflicts seem impossible to resolve and what can we do to manage or resolve them?
- What determines the sustainability of peace?
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:
- Regulatory Optimality in Social Conflict
- Cooperation, Competition and Mixed-Motive Dynamics in Conflict
- Situated Model of Mediation in Social Conflict
- Mediation Adaptivity Assessment Tool (MAAT)
- United Nations Macro Mediation Mapping Project
- Dynamical Conflict Multicultural Assessment Tools
- Cross-Cultural Adaptivity Studies
- Dynamics of (In)justice, Conflict, Stability and Reform
- Multilevel Assessment – 5 Percent Framework
- RDE Israeli-Palestinian Peace Project
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
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
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 disagree. PLoS 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 Relations. Negotiations Journal, 28(1), 7-43.
Vallacher, R., Coleman, P. T., Nowak, A., Bui-Wrzosinska, L. (2010). Rethinking intractable conflict: The perspective of dynamical systems. American 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 Conflict. Peace 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).
Information for interested applicants:
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