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October 31, 2016
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Managing Conflict in Organizational Mergers

by Eben Weitzman
Department of Conflict Resolution, Human Security, and Global Governance

knotJust about anyone who has gone through a merger of two or more organizations can tell you: it can be a nightmare. More often than not, someone thought there was a really good reason—so why is it often so hard?

Mergers impact individuals, working groups, customers/constituents, and the organization as a whole. They present cultural and political challenges, shake up trust, and often generate anxiety and conflict. Successfully navigating a merger requires a clear vision and strategy, and strong leadership to see it through. A key part of that is preparing for and constructively managing conflict that is almost inevitable, and that’s the focus of this piece.

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October 31, 2016
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Notes on Cyber Aggression and Policy Solutions

by Sean Mossey
Public Policy student at the McCormack Graduate School

cyber securityOctober 19th’s Presidential debate saw Secretary Clinton and Moderator Chris Wallace make only brief mention of the topic of State sponsored cyber aggression before moving on to other policy topics. The moderator and presidential candidate made mention of the topic as it related to recent reports of Russian cyber aggression against the U.S., with Secretary Clinton condemning such Russian cyber espionage. In light of the debate and with October being National Cyber security month, the U.S. government and policy makers need to bring the discussion of cyber security to the forefront of policy discussion. Central questions become: What role the government have in confronting, specifically, State sponsored cyber terrorism. What is the role of the individual citizen or business in response to these threats?

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October 28, 2016
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McCormack Graduate School Experts Contribute to Path-Breaking United Nations Report

The Future of Scientific Advice to UN report cover
The world’s most pressing challenges — whether climate change, population growth, infectious diseases or massive inequalities of resources – will only be met successfully if science is brought to the task far more effectively, according to a United Nations report drafted by a team at UMass Boston. Science is an essential component of “policies that are clear, agreed-upon, and powerful,” says the report; it should be integral to virtually all high-level policy-making, and not be an occasional add-on. The report presents the findings of the 26-member Scientific Advisory Board established by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon three years ago. It was presented to him in New York on Sunday.
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October 28, 2016
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On the third presidential debate of 2016

by George Chichirau
Public Policy PhD student

             The final debate of the current campaign season touched on a large number of themes, and in far more detail than previous ones (although the bar was set very low early on). A significant amount of time was devoted to the economy, where Hillary Clinton marked the return of state-sanctioned dirigisme, and an end to laissez-faire. The reason given for such a stark break was simple: the absolute need to save the American middle class before it disappears, through increasing the minimum wage, fixing the health insurance marketplace, making universities more affordable and investing heavily in infrastructure and clean energy.

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October 26, 2016
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Peacemaker Uses 12-step Program to Guide His Reconciliation Projects Worldwide

This McCormack Graduate School senior fellow believes, “an addict is in the best position to help other addicts.” He uses the Alcoholics Anonymous’ 12-step recovery program as a model to bring conflict-ridden parties together to work out their differences.

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