Culture and Multicultural Conflict Dynamics


Culture and Multicultural Conflict Dynamics

How do cultural differences and multicultural concerns between disputants affect conflict dynamics and how can they be navigated constructively?

In the United States and across the globe, more and more people with different backgrounds and worldviews are living and working together.  Ethnicity, faith, nationality, socio-economic status, generation, sexual orientation, and gender representation are only a few of many identities that have proven to be both a cause for celebration and a source of conflict in different contexts of society.  From the ways that a conflict is understood to the approaches that are employed to resolve them, people’s cultural orientations stemming from their social identities greatly influence all areas of conflict dynamics between individuals and between groups.

Our goal in this area of research is three-fold: we aim to (1) develop basic theory that will help us better understand constructive negotiation and collaboration processes across cultures, (2) create new assessment tools to measure variables critical to cross-cultural conflict dynamics, and (3) design effective training modules that translate the learning from our research into practical skills to benefit conflict practitioners in the field.  Our research and methodologies apply the insights and tools of complexity science and dynamical systems to the study of multiculturalism, culture and conflict, particularly in an organizational context.

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