Barbara Gray, the 2017 International Association for Conflict Management (IACM) Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, is Professor Emerita of Organizational Behavior at The Pennsylvania State University. For over 35 years, Barbara has contributed to scholarship on conflict and collaboration, multiparty conflicts, framing and organizational conflict, environmental conflict, and mediation. Through these contributions, she was a pioneer and path-breaker in stretching the boundaries of conflict management studies and was among the first conflict researchers to examine multiparty disputes between organizations, particularly in business/NGO/community and environmental disputes. Her scholarship extends across multiple disciplines, including public policy, resource management, management, sociology and dispute resolution. Throughout her career, Barbara has produced over 100 publications in the areas of conflict management, inter-organizational collaboration, institutional theory, power and inequality, and organizations and environments. Her work has been funded by NSF, NIH, EPA and the Hewlett Foundation and has appeared in ASQ, AMJ, AMR, Org. Science, Human Relations, JABS, NCMR and many other journals. Her 1989 book, Collaborating: Finding Common Ground for Multiparty Problems, charted new ground for research on multiparty disputes in urban planning, cross-sector partnerships, public policy, and environmental conflict. A sequel (with Jill Purdy) is slated for early 2018. Barbara led the Center for Research in Conflict and Negotiation in the Smeal College at Penn State for 22 years. She has held visiting positions at 6 universities worldwide, has consulted to public private and non-pro t organizations including the Dutch Ministry of Environment and Agriculture, U.S. Steel, the Irish EPA, Greenpeace, Stanford Medical School and Oxfam USA and is a principle consultant for An Olive Branch. She has received many awards for research, teaching, and service; and among her many academic service roles, Barbara was President of IACM in 1998-1999. The IACM Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes Barbara’s important interdisciplinary contributions over her career to the theory and practice of negotiation and conflict management.
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