Conflict Management during a Crisis: The Global Pandemic

Call for papers for: International Journal of Conflict Management

Call for Papers

International Journal of Conflict Management

Special Issue Theme: 

Conflict Management During a Crisis: The Global Pandemic

Submissions for this Special Issue will open 1 October 2020 and close 31 December 2020
Recent events have forced the world to revise how we live, work, and think about things. This means that traditional assumptions about, and methods for, managing conflict may need to be modified and adapted to the constraints and challenges created by the global COVID-19 pandemic. Prior assumptions may no longer apply, and new insights are needed to better understand how conflicts can be managed in our new reality. Therefore, this special issue is designed to encourage the publication of research that examines conflict management during our global pandemic. 
We encourage thoughtful analyses that spur insightful reflections about the past, present, and future directions of research on conflict management. This can include analyses of prior crises, the current pandemic, and possible future scenarios.  We are also looking for new insights, creative solutions, and innovative ideas as well as scholarship that takes us in new directions.  

Studies may use a variety of methodological techniques including: field studies, laboratory studies, literature reviews, meta-analyses, theory development, survey research, and analyses of archival data. This could include analysis of data from healthcare workers, customer service personnel, businesses, labor unions, communities, states, countries, non-governmental organizations, and other sources of data.  

The following are examples of topics, but other related topics are also encouraged:

•    Novel uses of the dual concerns model that go beyond compromising to identify collaborative solutions that simultaneously maximize different interests like safety versus economic activity, tracing infections versus privacy, treating patients versus protecting health care workers.

•    Managing conflicts over resource shortages and constraints, e.g., human capital, personal protective or medical equipment, etc.

•    Differences in conflicts that arise from the use of needed remote information technology for communication and related matters (teaching, telemedicine, etc.). For example, is there a greater or lesser likelihood that interpersonal conflicts can be managed successfully online versus in person, and why? 

•    Innovation and conflict management for medical care personnel, creativity and negotiation of intellectual property rights among teams of researchers seeking novel vaccines, treatments, or cures.

•    Political and policy management (resolving conflicts between and across departments, levels of governments, countries, etc.).

•    Team conflicts such as resolving conflicts among teams of doctors and nurses; communication and supply chain team conflicts; leading and managing employees and administrators during a crisis.

•    Conflicts in new product and medical treatment developments, emerging and entrepreneurial enterprises, etc.

Manuscripts should use clear exposition; be technically adequate; make a theoretical contribution (e.g., testing, creating, or extending theory); make an empirical contribution; be innovative, interesting, and novel; and/or have important implications for practice.

The International Journal of Conflict Management publishes original theoretical and empirical articles, and critical or integrative literature reviews relevant to the substantive domains served by the journal, including:

•    Conflict 
•    Conflict management 
•    Dispute resolution 
•    Fairness 
•    Justice 
•    Mediation and arbitration 
•    Negotiation 

International Journal of Conflict Management impact factor scores:

Scopus Citescore 2018 = 1.58

Scopus Citescore Tracker 2019: 1.93

Clarivate Analytics 2018 = 1.196
–    Author guidelines can be found here:

–    The manuscript submission site can be found here:

–    Papers will be double-blind peer-reviewed. 

–    Submission Deadline: December 31, 2020

Inquiries may be sent to: 

Richard A. Posthuma
Mike Loya Distinguished Professor of Management
Editor, International Journal of Conflict Management
College of Business Administration, Room 230
University of Texas at El Paso 
[email protected]