Standing Neutral, Third Parties (e.g., ADR, arbitration, mediation), Group Bargaining and Negotiation (i.e., multiparty), Negotiation Process & Outcomes (e.g., psychological, economic, relational)
2021 Decision Sciences Institute Annual Conference
Contractual relationships are vulnerable to the damage caused by friction in relationships, particularly when this turns into a formal dispute. If negotiations fail, the next step is calling in a mediator, and perhaps ending up in arbitration or the court system. This paper argues for the proactive use of a “Standing Neutral” – a trusted, independent expert advisor (or a panel of three advisors) chosen by the contracting parties to help during their contractual relationship. Rather than being reactive to disputes, an organization can be proactive by a standing neutral as chosen by the contracting parties to help during their engagement.
Department of Management
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©2021 Dan Bumblauskas, Kate Vitasek, and Jim Groton
Bumblauskas,, Dan; Vitasek, Kate; and Groton, Jim, "An Approach to Preventing Conflict: Unpacking the Standing Neutral" (2021). Faculty Publications. 2165.