Surveying Attractor Landscapes for Conflict: Investigating the Relationship between Conflict, Culture and Complexity

6 Pages Posted: 8 Oct 2009 Last revised: 4 Nov 2009

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Peter T. Coleman

Columbia University - Teachers' College

Andrea Bartoli

George Mason University

Christine Chung

Columbia University

Rafi Nets-Zehngut

Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Michele Joy Gelfand

University of Maryland

Date Written: June 15, 2009

Abstract

This survey study will examine how cultural group differences in degrees of structural, social, and psychological complexity affect procedural knowledge (cultural scripts) regarding conflict with members of ingroups and outgroups. In other words, we are interested in identifying differences in cultural conditions which foster a press for coherence and collapse of complexity in situations of conflict, and result in simple, automatic rules for conflicts with insiders, and in evaluatively different sets of simple rules for conflicts with outsiders. This set of more coherent versus more complex orientations and rules for conflict constitute differences in what we term attractor landscapes for conflict. This project, funded as a Multiple University Research Initiative (MURI) through the US Army Research Institute (ARI), aims to develop basic theory to better understand constructive negotiation and collaboration processes in Middle Eastern cultures.

Suggested Citation

Coleman, Peter T. and Bartoli, Andrea and Chung, Christine and Nets-Zehngut, Rafi and Gelfand, Michele Joy, Surveying Attractor Landscapes for Conflict: Investigating the Relationship between Conflict, Culture and Complexity (June 15, 2009). 22nd Annual IACM Conference. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1484757 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1484757

Peter T. Coleman (Contact Author)

Columbia University - Teachers' College ( email )

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Andrea Bartoli

George Mason University ( email )

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Christine Chung

Columbia University ( email )

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United States

Rafi Nets-Zehngut

Hebrew University of Jerusalem ( email )

Israel

Michele Joy Gelfand

University of Maryland ( email )

1142 Biology-Psychology Building
College Park, MD 0742-4411
United States
301 405 6972 (Phone)

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