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NCJ Number: 122046 Find in a Library
Title: Practice Dispute Systems Design: Practitioners of a New Profession
Journal: Negotiation Journal  Volume:5  Issue:4  Dated:(October 1989)  Pages:401-405
Author(s): T Simmons
Date Published: 1989
Page Count: 5
Type: Conference Material
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: On April 7, 1989, the first Dispute System Design Conference was held at a Northwestern University to encourage participants to discuss dispute system implementation issues across settings, and to share each others experiences.
Abstract: Participants determined that although there were differences between dispute environments, the type of issues that confront dispute systems designers is independent of circumstances. Participants were able to examine cross-contexual issues of dealing with culture, looking for sources of conflict, and building legitimacy and referrals for a new dispute system. An approach that focuses on these common dispute systems design issues appears to be a powerful method of developing individual practitioners and of developing the practical knowledge base of the profession. Dispute systems design practitioners face a common challenge in determining how to change established patterns of dealing with disagreements. This challenge provided the basis for the conference. Issues broached included topics concerning the influence of culture in dispute systems designs, the search for the roots of dispute, and the establishment of communication and legitimacy.
Main Term(s): Mediation
Index Term(s): Dispute resolution; Mediator-advisor model; Program design; Workshops and seminars
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