The relationship between law school and business school approaches to dispute resolution has not, to date, been clearly articulated and discussed. This is unfortunate because increased awareness of the differences in perspective would enrich dispute resolution theory and practice. The purpose of this paper is twofold. First, a dispute resolution taxonomy will be used to provide an overview of the linkage between law school-type ADR concepts and the business school interest in power theory and conflict intervention. Second, to illustrate the benefits that can arise from interaction between legal and business research, a specific technique--the use of decision tree analysis in resolving disputes-will be explored in depth.



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