Accession Number : ADA324938

Title :   A Cross-Sectional Examination of Alternative Dispute Resolution: A Search for the Antecedents of Success.

Descriptive Note : Master's thesis,

Corporate Author : AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH

Personal Author(s) : Hopper, Patrick F.

PDF Url : ADA324938

Report Date : SEP 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 104

Abstract : This study examined Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) in an attempt to identify antecedents common to successful uses of ADR. The goal was to isolate factors which have the greatest impact on the successful implementation of ADR. A cross sectional examination was designed that included both private industry and government applications of ADR as a resolution method. Documents, audiovisual materials, and personal interviews were utilized to collect the data. An informal interview guide was used to interview individuals with conflict resolution authority within their organizations. Analysis of the data resulted in the identification of five antecedents that increase the probability of a successful ADR implementation. It is believed that the antecedent model resulting from this research will prove useful in the selection of the most appropriate conflict resolution forum.

Descriptors :   *CONTRACTS, *COST EFFECTIVENESS, *PROBLEM SOLVING, CRISIS MANAGEMENT, DECISION MAKING, FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT, CONTRACTORS, COST ESTIMATES, THESES, COST MODELS, CONFLICT, AGREEMENTS, NEGOTIATIONS, FEDERAL LAW, BARGAINING, COST OVERRUNS.

Subject Categories : Sociology and Law
      Economics and Cost Analysis

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE