Saturday, July 8, 2006
A Call for Papers has been issued over the LERA listserv for a special issue of the International Journal of Conflict Management. The topic of the issue will be alternative dispute resolution of workplace conflicts.
Here's an excerpt from the Call for Papers announcement:
Conflicts between employers and employees can take on a variety of forms including lawsuits, informal complaints, grievances, strikes, picketing, etc. In this special issue we explore the many alternative ways that these conflicts can be resolved. These alternative dispute resolution (ADR) procedures may include negotiation, mediation, arbitration, fact-finding, ombudspersons, peer review, and many other combinations or permutations of thereof. This is a broad area and many different perspectives on this issue are welcome.
Important questions that could be addressed include the following: How do participants perceive the effectiveness and/or fairness of ADR systems? How does the use of ADR systems affect the outcomes for employers and employees? What are the contextual factors that explain the adoption of use of these systems? How do ADR systems differ across countries or cultures? Are alternative forms of dispute resolution systems fair at the micro or macro level of analysis? How do justice concepts relate to ADR systems in terms of predicting important outcomes for organizations (e.g., turnover, legal claiming, grievances, recommendation intentions, productive and counterproductive behaviors). What are the legal constraints and implications of the use of these systems? What theories (e.g., neo-institutionalism, cognitive choice, transaction cost economics) can be advanced through the study of these systems?
If you are interested in participating in this Call for Papers, you can receive further information from Richard Posthuma, Editor, International Journal of Conflict Management, College of Business Administration, University of Texas-El Paso, El Paso, TX 79968. You can also email him here.