The 23rd Annual Conference of the International Association for Conflict Management will take place on June 24-27, 2010 in Boston, Massachusetts. The organizers are accepting papers, as well as proposals for symposia, debates, roundtables, workshops, and novel session formats. Presentations can be submitted as either full length papers or extended abstracts. Papers and extended abstracts may be empirical, practical, and theoretical and may address a wide range of legal, political, economic, and social topics related to conflict management. Preference will be given to innovative submissions focused on decision-making, negotiation, conflicts in the public sector, social justice, third party intervention, environmental and public resource conflict, international institutional conflicts, and terrorism. Law and Ph.D. students are encouraged to submit high quality papers; a few scholarships are available to cover travel and registration. The deadline for submissions is February 8, 2010.
Submissions must be consistent with the following program content areas, as provided by the organizers:
- Negotiation: Conflict settlements; concession bargaining; integrative agreements; negotiation teams; relationships; negotiator emotions;
power and influence.
- Decision Processes: Decision making of negotiators, mediators, and arbitrators; biases and heuristics; negotiator rationality; learning;
implementation of decisions.
- Communication: Verbal and nonverbal behavior in conflict; interaction analysis of communication behavior in negotiation; effects of communication styles; technology as a component of conflict.
- Conflict in the Public Sector: Role of conflict in public policy processes; conflict relating to ethics and values; law and social conflict; public sector labor-management relations.
- Culture and Conflict: Cultural dimensions of conflict, including within-culture dimensions as well as cross-cultural comparisons.
- Social Justice: Alternative dispute resolution (ADR) systems; procedural and distributive justice; legal issues and dispute resolution;
impact of dispute resolution procedures on society.
- Third Party Intervention: Techniques, strategies, tactics, and outcomes of mediation; forms of mediation and arbitration; influence of
third party behavior on disputants; organizational grievance procedures.
- Environmental and Public Resource Conflict: Natural resource and environmental conflict; role of third parties in environmental
conflicts; economic and political dimensions of resource disputes.
- International and Inter-group Conflict: Ethnic and regional conflicts; development of group biases; conflict escalation; international and
inter-group conflict prevention and resolution; deterrence and third parties.
- Organizational Conflict: The causes, effects, and measurement of conflict in organizational settings; interpersonal, intra- and inter-group
conflict; power; diversity; styles of handling conflicts; moderators and effects of conflict; research methodologies for studying
- Terrorism: Individual, social, and cultural predictors of terrorism and the response to terrorism, broadly defined.
Keywords Used to Tag Submissions
To give you an additional idea of possible topics, authors are requested to choose from the following keywords to tag submissions:
Guidelines and Submissions
Abstracts are to be submitted online through the IACM Conference website. The organizers emphasize: “All submitters will be asked to review papers for the conference program.”
Entries are submitted online. For detailed information on uploading papers and the review process, see the Submission Procedures.
The deadline for submissions is February 8, 2010.
Awards will be given in the following categories:
- Outstanding Empirical Paper
- Outstanding Theoretical Paper
- Outstanding Applications Paper
- Outstanding Graduate Student Paper