Edited by Oluremi B. Ayoko, Neal M. Ashkanasy and Karen A. Jehn
Chapter 5: Understanding high-stakes conflicts
AbstractIn this chapter we argue that an important dimension for understanding how conflict evolves is whether it concerns low- or high-stakes conflicts. As a point of departure, we introduce three recent research projects on high-stakes conflicts, subsequently focusing on: (1) conflicts in close relationships following an expatriation assignment for one of the partners; (2) third-party intervention in neighborhood conflicts by community mediators; and (3) crisis negotiations between the police and hostage takers. Our discussion highlights four key areas of attention: the importance of including notions of conflict asymmetry, incorporating a time horizon, alternative conflict management frameworks, and the connection with technological developments.
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