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Master of Science

First Advisor

Richard L'Heureux, PhD


This study examined Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) in an attempt to identify antecedents common to successful uses of ADR. The goal was to isolate factors which have the greatest impact on the successful implementation of ADR. A cross sectional examination was designed that included both private industry and government applications of ADR as a resolution method. Documents, audiovisual materials, and personal interviews were utilized to collect the data. An informal interview guide was used to interview individuals with conflict resolution authority within their organizations. Analysis of the data resulted in the identification of five antecedents that increase the probability of a successful ADR implementation. It is believed that the antecedent model resulting from this research will prove useful in the selection of the most appropriate conflict resolution forum.

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Presented to the Faculty of the Graduate School of Logistics and Acquisition Management of the Air Force Institute of Technology