Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

A multistakeholder conflict-resolution framework: A case study of the Tanzanian Higher Education Loan Board conflict
by Pysar, Catherine A., Ph.D., Capella University, 2013, 417; 3591388
Abstract (Summary)

The objectives of this explorative case study investigated a multistakeholder conflict in Tanzania Africa, using stakeholder theory as the theoretical foundation. While stakeholder theory has evolved and gained prominence as a method for reviewing conflict resolution processes it was important to conceptualize any discrepancies that could establish a framework for resolving conflicts in practice and in strategy. The research design analyzed five factors of framing, reframing, managing, power and trust with four different stakeholders involved in higher education loan conflicts. The results of the study showed distinct differences compared to previous research findings focused on multistakeholder conflicts. One primary distinction was characterization of the conflicts followed other studies however the lack of motivation to change was complex. There was a strong risk aversion which blocked a link for long-term solutions. Though like other studies competitive, collaboration and coalition for managing the conflicts were identified, risk aversion precipitated an unpredictable mixture of these management processes. Furthermore power imbalances and trust were identified as important aspects of multistakeholder conflicts; however this study linked the impact of results when risk aversion is included in the conflict. Finally, like other studies barriers to a strong conflict resolution process were related to normative values. However, this study enhanced the impact of a lack of societal values for motivating stakeholders to include normative values. It is recommended that further research be conducted to explore the implications of the multistakeholder conflict resolution model.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Muchnick, Marc
Commitee: Hockin, Robert, Magnus, Paul
School: Capella University
Department: Business and Technology
School Location: United States -- Minnesota
Source: DAI-A 74/12(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Higher Education Administration, Management, Sub Saharan Africa Studies, Organizational behavior
Keywords: African study, Case study, Conflict resolution, Higher education loan board conflict, Multistakeholder theory, Qualitative research, Tanzania
Publication Number: 3591388
ISBN: 9781303319594
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