CHAPTER TWENTY

SOME GUIDELINES FOR DEVELOPING A CREATIVE APPROACH TO CONFLICT

Peter T. Coleman

Morton Deutsch

In his stimulating essay on creativity and conflict resolution in chapter 19, Howard Gruber raised a number of important questions, which we discuss briefly before presenting some guidelines to creative conflict resolution.

CREATIVITY RESULTING FROM CONFLICT

The first question is, “If creativity requires conflict,” under what conditions of conflict is creativity likely to emerge?

One of the creative functions of conflict resides in its ability to arouse motivation to solve a problem that might otherwise go unattended. A scholar who exposes his theories and research to the scrutiny of his peers may be stimulated to a deeper analysis if ...

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