Peter Coleman Abstract & Bio

Adaptivity in Cross-Cultural Business Negotiation. 

Organizations today are rife with stories of executives and managers who abuse their power, employees who overstep their authority, and the resulting conflicts that get stuck in downward spirals. In today’s global business environment, these dynamics are often exacerbated by cross-cultural differences in beliefs, values and preferred methods of resolving disputes. In this keynote talk, Columbia University Professor Dr. Peter T. Coleman will explain why these pitfalls are so common, what to do to navigate them effectively, and how to increase your Conflict Intelligence and Cross-Cultural Adaptivity in order to find greater success and satisfaction at work.

Dr. Peter T. Coleman is Professor of Psychology and Education at Columbia University where he holds a joint-appointment at Teachers College and The Earth Institute. Dr. Coleman directs the Morton Deutsch International Center for Cooperation and Conflict Resolution (MD-ICCCR) and the Institute for Psychological Science and Practice (IPSP) at Teachers College, and is Executive Director of Columbia University’s Advanced Consortium on Cooperation, Conflict, and Complexity (AC4) at The Earth Institute.


Dr. Coleman is a renowned expert on conflict resolution. His current research focuses on conflict intelligence and systemic wisdom as meta-competencies for navigating conflict constructively across all levels, and includes projects on adaptive negotiation and mediation, cross-cultural adaptivity, optimality of motivational dynamics in conflict, injustice and polarization, multicultural conflict, intractable conflict, and sustainable peace.


Dr. Coleman edits the award-winning Handbook of Conflict Resolution: Theory and Practice (2000, 2006, 2014) and his other books include The Five Percent: Finding Solutions to Seemingly Impossible Conflicts (2011) and Making Conflict Work: Navigating Disagreement Up and Down Your Organization (2014).



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