Getting disputes resolved: designing systems to cut the costs of conflict

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Build Conflict Control Into Your Organization

Renowned mediator William Ury offers tested guidelines for designing a dispute resolution system to handle conflicts effectively on an ongoing basis. He explains how to diagnose and correct problems in an existing system or create and implement a new system where one does not exist. His four-phase process includes specific advice on involving adverse parties in diagnosing current problems, designing the system, and overcoming opposition to change. The result is a win-win formula for putting a system in place that contains the costs associated with conflict by addressing them as they arise.

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Diagnosing the Existing
Designing an Effective
The Promise

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About the author (1988)

William L. Ury, a consultant, writer, and lecturer on negotiation, is associate director of the Harvard Negotiation Project.

JEANNE M. BRETT is the DeWitt W. Buchanan Jr. Distinguished Professor of Dispute Resolution and Organizations at the J. L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management, Northwestern University, where she is also the director and a founding member of the Dispute Resolution Research Center. She divides her time between research, teaching and consulting on negotiation strategies in a global environment. Brett is coauthor of Getting Disputes Resolved: Designing Systems to Cut the Costs of Conflict (Jossey-Bass, 1988).

Goldberg is Professor of Law at Northwestern University.

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