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Werner Institute Tapped By Federal Mediation Agency

Werner Institute Tapped By Federal Mediation Agency To Advance Workplace Dispute Resolution Systems

The Werner Institute for Negotiation and Dispute Resolution at Creighton University’s School of Law has been selected to take the lead in a program aimed at developing state-of-the-art dispute resolution systems for the American workplace.

The aim of the program is to foster workplaces across the nation where conflict is reduced and both employee morale and productivity are boosted.

The Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (FMCS) started the program, known as Dynamic Adaptive Dispute Systems (DyADS), as a pilot project in 2004. The agency is calling upon the Werner Institute to refine and develop DyADS. Under the program, facilitators work with key workplace stakeholders to create customized dispute resolution systems.

“We are honored to have been selected by the FMCS to play such an important role in potentially improving the lives of so many people,” said Creighton Professor Arthur Pearlstein, director of the Werner Institute. “

Through this partnership with FMCS, we will pioneer efforts that will benefit employees, managers and leaders in organizations across the country and lead to improved productivity, better organizational learning, and a more successful working environment.”

“The greatest success of DyADS can be found in meaningful settlement of disputes, open and inclusive communication, and a workplace that encourages resolution of conflict at its earliest stages,” said Pearlstein. “No corporation or other organization of any size should be without such a system.”

Before he became the director of the Werner Institute in 2005, Professor Pearlstein was FMCS General Counsel and director of ADR Programs. He played a key role in development of the DyADS program.

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A leading national center for the study and advancement of conflict resolution, the Werner Institute for Negotiation and Dispute Resolution in Omaha, Neb., helps those in business, government, health care and communities manage disputes, reduce costs, and gain from collaboration. It also offers master’s degrees, graduate certificates, and professional consulting. The Werner Institute was established in 2005 with a generous gift from the C.L. Werner family, creating the most richly endowed program of its kind in the country. ABOUT FMCS

The U.S. Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service, created in 1947, is an independent U.S. government agency whose mission is to preserve and promote labor-management peace and cooperation. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., with 10 district offices and 69 field offices, the agency provides mediation and conflict resolution services to industry, government agencies and communities.

posted 05/21/07

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