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From Meaning—To Dialogic Negotiation—To New Meaning
From meaning—to dialogic negotiation—to new meaning

The struggle of our time is to build the practices of working together. This is the hope of a dialogic theory of communication.

—Deetz and Simpson (2004, p. 141)

Interpreting the lived-meaning of conflict—asking deeper questions about why it happens as it does—is a necessary precursor to determining how to act when you find yourself in a conflict situation.

—Kellett and Dalton (2001, p. viii)

To connect the two opening quotes, it is my view that meeting the challenge of working together more effectively is built on a foundation of inquiry in which we learn to question deeply for lessons about how to approach conflicts collaboratively. A brief example will illustrate the value of inquiring into conflicts ...

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