Paul, G. D., Geddes, D., Jones, T. S., & Donohue, W. A. (2016). Revitalizing conflict research with a communication perspective: Celebrating and learning from Linda Putnam’s contributions to the study of conflict. Negotiation and Conflict management Research, 9(4), 309-331.
In this tribute to the 2010 recipient of the International Association for Conflict Management Lifetime Achievement Award, we celebrate the scholarship of Linda Putnam. We highlight her transformational impact not only on conflict research, but also on those of us who have had the opportunity to work with her. Noting her multidisciplinary research and her advocacy for a communication perspective of conflict, we review four distinct contributions and their intersections with conflict research: the communication perspective of conflict, interaction analysis, the bona fide group perspective, and bounded emotionality. Underlying these contributions are cross-disciplinary principles exemplified in Linda Putnam’s research and career that serve to revitalize conflict research and inspire scholars. We conclude with her words of wisdom on the future of this field of research.