Creativity in the Outcomes of Conflict
HANDBOOK OF CONFLICT RESOLUTION, M. Deutsch, P.T. Coleman, & E.C. Marcus, eds., Jossey-Bass, 2006
22 Pages Posted: 5 Dec 2007
How does creativity play out in social conflict? Just like Mark Twain's observation about difference of opinion and interesting horse races, it is difference of interest, and how difference is handled, that makes interesting solutions to social conflict. If creativity is applied to the handling of differences, the outcome might very well be a mutually beneficial, integrative agreement; but just as well, creativity can be applied to contentiousness, pursuit of selfish interests, and asymmetric outcomes. In this chapter, my focus is on creativity in the service of developing mutually beneficial, integrative agreements.
Keywords: agreement, negotiation, conflict resolution, mediation, dispute
JEL Classification: D74, J53, F13, J52
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