Master the fundamentals of conflict resolution, harness the power of positive conflict, and hone your intercultural communication skills.
In this Specialization, you’ll learn to strengthen your personal and professional relationships by constructively addressing conflicts between individuals and within organizations. You’ll build skills specifically aimed at managing intercultural conflicts in today’s global society, and you’ll explore how competing interests and goals, power imbalances, and other factors influence the nature of conflict and management strategies. In the final Capstone Project, you’ll analyze a specific conflict and outline an approach to management and resolution.
Conflict is everywhere and it is impossible to avoid conflicting viewpoints. However, not all conflict is bad, nor is it inherently negative. How conflict is handled makes all the difference. It is through proper identification and understanding of conflict that allows for effective resolutions, some of which may yield positive outcomes. In this course, we will examine the different types of conflict, how to understand and embrace the positive aspects of conflict, and how to successfully navigate conflict to positive resolution.This course presents the material though video lessons, case studies, and interviews. In each module students will be presented with in-video quiz questions to test their understanding. To further their mastery of the content students will also be asked to complete two peer reviewed assignments.
Upon completing this course, you will be able to:
1. Identify the different types of conflict
2. Illustrate the positive aspects of conflict
3. Provide examples of positive ways to deal with conflict
Resolving conflict in a positive manner is a skill than can be developed and practiced. Being heard can be one of the most important goals of someone engaged in conflict. Knowing how to listen and deploy appropriate communication tactics is determinative of whether a conflict will have a positive or negative resolution. Examine listening skills, appropriate and strategic verbal and non-verbal communication skills, and how to assemble a conflict management plan likely to yield positive resolutions.Upon completing this course, you will be able to:
1. Use active learning skills when dealing with conflict
2. Choose appropriate communication tactics when dealing with conflict
3. Create a usable plan for managing conflict
Intercultural Communication and Conflict Resolution is a growing area of importance considering the pace and volume of global transactions. The ease of global communication using technology, the abundance of cheaper transportation costs, and the frequency of businesses using cross-border talent is fostering millions of interactions a day between people of different cultures. Examine how the process of communication can be further complicated during interactions between people of different cultures. The topics of stereotypes, generalizations, communication styles, communication strategies, and communication orientations will be explored.Upon completing this course, you will be able to:
1. Explain the dimensions of intercultural interactions that add to conflict
2. Analyze the dynamics of intercultural interactions
3. Plan strategies for success in intercultural interactions
Conflict Management Project
The capstone project is designed to give you the opportunity to apply what you've learned in Types of Conflict, Conflict Resolution, and Intercultural Communication and Conflict Resolution. In this course you will prepare a conflict management portfolio illustrating the nature of a specific conflict, the different roles of participants in the conflict and the significance of those roles, the perceived incompatible goals, power imbalances, and communication skills needed for the effective management of the conflict.Upon completing this course, you will be able to:
1. Create a well organized and complete case study
2. Analyze key organizational issues with an integrated action plan for conflict resolution
3. Identify appropriate communication skills needed for conflict resolution skills
4. Present a portfolio that incorporates concepts learned throughout the Specialization
5. Reflect on what you've learned throughout the Specialization
No specific background is required. This Specialization is appropriate for anyone interested in learning more about conflict management. The Specialization is specifically aimed at business professionals who want to be successful at resolving and managing conflicts in the workplace through effective communication skills.