Team Alternative Dispute Resolution Clause
Our learning team will have an Alternative Dispute Resolution clause. We will use it to resolve disagreements. We will be utilizing a new form of dispute resolution called Peer Review. The peer review “has become popular particular for disputes between employers and employees…” (Jennings, 2006, chap. 4; p. 119). The typical peer review, “... which is generally conducted within three weeks of demand, is a review by coworkers of the action taken against an employee (demotion, termination, discipline) (Jennings, 2006, chap. 4; p. 119).
Our contract will not be the typical peer review. Here is how it will work. Disputes will be characterized as any disagreements between two or more team members. When these disputes pop up, the remaining team members will form a board. This board will be responsible to settling the dispute. Once the board has made a decision, the decision is will be final.
• Disputes are defined as: Any disagreement that will affect a team project. Only these types of disputes will be subject to ADR.
• All team members will willingly participate in resolving issues.
• There will be no appeals, and all parties involved will accept the decision made by the board.
• If the board members decision is not accepted by either party, the instructor will be notified.
• The process will start immediately when disagreements occur.
• The whole process will not exceed a three day period.
I remember when I was taking classes at University of Phoenix in Seattle, and we had a teammate who did not want to participate. Well, it took us almost most three weeks to get him back on track. If we would have had an ADR clause, maybe it would have not taken so long to resolve the issue.
We will achieve the best results overall, if all team members are honesty and fair when applying this new ADR clause. We all must be willing to abide by our clause and trust it will work.
Jennings, M.M. (2006)....