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8:30 AM to 12:30 PM
230 Psychology Building
The Graduate School

Developing Communication and Conflict Management Skills to Save Time and Enhance Productivity

This workshop is an interactive activity that uses short videos of conversations between faculty and graduate students to facilitate discussion of strategies to set expectations and avoid conflicts in academic settings. The strategy showcased for both setting expectations and managing conflicts is an interest-based approach of negotiation. That is, an approach that focuses on interests (i.e., core values and needs) rather than individual positions, when setting expectations or managing conflicts. The workshop also discusses how anger and other strong emotions can affect the outcomes of negotiations and how different decision making styles can affect group dynamics in research teams.