Communication is a critical component of conflict, mediation, and negotiation. Communication researchers who study conflict, mediation, and negotiation are concerned with how communication [Page 231]influences, and is influenced by, conflict and conflict resolution interactions. Conflict is studied from many different perspectives, either as a catalyst, contributor, or outcome of communication. Conflict, mediation, and negotiation are studied in a variety of domains, including within interpersonal, organizational, community, and international and intercultural contexts. From these perspectives and within these domains, scholars typically frame their research in a few key theories and examine their research questions through a variety of basic and applied research methodologies. Research in the conflict, mediation, and negotiation realm has theoretical and practical implications for those who study, train, and practice conflict ...
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