Group Decision and Negotiation

, Volume 18, Issue 3, pp 261–277 | Cite as

Perceptual Graph Model Systems

  • Amer Obeidi
  • D. Marc Kilgour
  • Keith W. Hipel


Theoretical structures are developed to account for the impact of emotion and perception in strategic conflict. In particular, the possibility principle facilitates modeling the effects of emotions on future scenarios contemplated by decision makers, while perceptual graph models and the associated graph model system permit the decision makers to experience and view the conflict independently. These new theoretical advances expand current modeling capabilities, thereby furnishing realistic, descriptive models without exacting too great a cost in modeling complexity. Specifically, these developments enhance the applicability of the modeling algorithms within the Graph Model for Conflict Resolution to real-world disputes by integrating emotion and perception, common ingredients in almost all conflicts. To demonstrate that the new developments are practical, an illustrative application to a real-world conflict is presented.


Graph Model for Conflict Resolution Graph model system Perceptual graph models Possibility principle Strategic conflict Emotion 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Amer Obeidi
    • 1
  • D. Marc Kilgour
    • 2
  • Keith W. Hipel
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Management Sciences, Faculty of EngineeringUniversity of WaterlooWaterlooCanada
  2. 2.Department of MathematicsWilfrid Laurier UniversityWaterlooCanada
  3. 3.Department of Systems Design Engineering, Faculty of EngineeringUniversity of WaterlooWaterlooCanada

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