Response to LW
I agree with you on the essence to conflict resolution through strategies of negotiation. As you have noted, one needs to include the Christian perspectives of conflict resolution. However, it is not all the time that the Christian views prevail. Shamir (n.d) stated that conflicts exist in all societies, cultures, and religions. From this point of view, one needs to focus on the best approach depending on the social, economic, cultural, and religious perspectives of the concerned parties. In this respect, one cannot apply the Christian values on a Muslim or Hindu. Describe the pros of each of the negotiation strategies.
Shamir Y. (n.d). Alternative dispute resolution approaches and their application. Retrieved on February 6, 2016 from http://citeseerx.ist.psu.edu/viewdoc/download?doi=10.1.1.468.2176&rep=rep1&type=pdf
Response to CM
I concur with you that mediated negotiation is quick especially if the conflict resulted from miscommunication or misunderstanding. In your case, both teachers were at an equal level, the essence of power over the other is not by position occupied but by social and cultural affiliation. In some cultures, men and women do not share similar social positions and, therefore, have different roles that may affect how they relate to each other. As you stated, one can only understand the other’s world from the perspective of the other person. In your case, was there a gender issue either on the part of the complainant or the perpetrator?
Response to MJ
As you mentioned, it is possible to use a multi-dimensional approach to negotiation. However, it may not be practical in most cases to combine all the strategies due to the conflicting interests each advocate. As a result, one may join power-based and rights-based approach because, in most cases, one derives power from the rights bestowed upon him. It is because of this that you could use the hierarchy of power to negotiate with your director. What was the most challenging part of your negotiation?