The Center for Research in Conflict and Negotiation at Penn State was established in February 1988 with a grant from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. The purpose of the center is to provide a multi-disciplinary forum where exploration of crucial issues of negotiation, conflict and dispute resolution can be examined in depth. CRCN also desires to foster research, training, and intervention in the areas of conflict management, bargaining, negotiation, and collaboration. CRCN's work is interdisciplinary in nature with research, training, and intervention activities undertaken with a significant number of other colleges, and academic and administrative units within the University, and with external public and private sector organizations. In order to accomplish this interdisciplinary focus, the center brings together researchers from the Smeal College of Business, Liberal Arts, Education, Agriculture and Science, Dickinson School of Law, as well as faculty affiliates from other academic institutions and dispute resolution practitioners.
The Goals of CRCN
CRCN offers a distinctive competence in the areas of conflict management, team development, negotiation theory, multiparty collaboration, and interorganizational relations. CRCN research explores the human and structural forces that give rise to conflict between individuals and groups, and organizations, the impacts of such conflicts on individuals, teams, organizations, and multi-organizational partnerships. We also study when and how those conflicts can be managed through negotiation, mediation, or other conflict management processes. Our current and recent research projects address: transdisciplinarity, leadership in networks, framing of conflict, and cultural differences in relationships.