Alternative Dispute Resolution Types
Alternative dispute resolution (ADR) is a dispute resolution process, formal or informal, in which conflicts are resolved outside of a typical courtroom. ADR is less time consuming and less costly when compared to traditional litigation. The most commonly used types of ADR are mediation and arbitration however, other types of ADR include medarb, mini trial, summary jury trials, early neutral evaluation, and peer review (Jennings, 2006). ADR is used to settle disputes in the workplace, churches, schools and government agencies. Alternative dispute resolution has become incredibly popular over the past few years since laws have emerged protecting individual rights, environment, and discrimination. As a result of laws, the U.S. court system has become flooded with cases and appeals which lead to delays because of the lack of judges and available court rooms. Thus, ADR is commonly used to settle disputes without the costs and time of litigation.
Personal conflicts that take place will not initially be subject to ADR. Personal conflict will attempt to be resolved through proper communication of all team members. Some conflict within teams is healthy because differing opinions help bring new perspectives to an otherwise one dimensional discussion. Some conflict can be unhealthy and only disputes that hinder productivity and cohesiveness within the team will enable the use of ADR. Disagreements within the team that are subject to the ADR clause are:
• Non-participation of a team member
• Not respecting team members to include diversity of the team
• Unethical behavior such as plagiarism
Learning team members agree conflict within the team will be resolved within 48 hours through team discussion, threading, and emails. Disputes that arise within our learning team that cannot be resolved...