A new article by Teresa F. Frisbie, Esq., published on April 24, 2014 in the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, considers the challenges that cultural differences can pose in a mediation, particularly in the international setting. Entitled, “Understanding Values Important in Cross-cultural Negotiations, Mediation,” the article gives a brief overview of the categories of cultural difference that can affect case resolution, including ‘Power Distance,’ ‘Individualism vs Collectivism,’ and ‘Uncertainty Avoidance.’ These categories were developed by Geert Hofstede, a Dutch cultural anthropologist who has spent decades accumulating data on cultural differences. To read the entire article, click here.
Ms. Frisbie is a senior mediator and arbitrator at ADR Systems, and the director of Loyola University’s Chicago School of Law Dispute Resolution Program. Ms. Frisbie’s expertise includes elder law and family business matters, employment law, and commercial matters.
For her full ADR Systems bio, click here.