Date Published: May 31, 2003
Conflict Resolution Quarterly
Hammond, A. G.
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This article is derived from original research into the applicability and effectiveness of online dispute resolution, particularly mediation, for resolving disputes in the real and virtual worlds. It records the experience of a variety of mediators and disputants in fifteen online mediation simulations, using eight different dispute scenarios, some of them multiparty, in consumer transactions, insurance claims, and workplace and family cases. The objective of the study was to seek answers to the questions: How can online communications be organized and managed so that parties have the greatest possible opportunity to achieve a mutually beneficial agreement? What behaviors, skills, strategies, and techniques will most enhance, effective communications? What is required in an online process to effectively facilitate communications and enable the resolution of disputes? (Abstract from author)