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Music, Leadership and Conflict

The Art of Ensemble Negotiation and Problem-Solving

  • Explores an ensemble approach to resolving conflict and developing collaborative leadership and negotiation capacities

  • Develops an innovative methodology for arts-based education

  • Includes empirical data from primary research project


Part of the Palgrave Studies in Business, Arts and Humanities book series (PSBAH)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Linda M. Ippolito
    Pages 1-15
  3. Linda M. Ippolito
    Pages 17-63
  4. Linda M. Ippolito
    Pages 65-105
  5. Linda M. Ippolito
    Pages 107-181
  6. Linda M. Ippolito
    Pages 183-207
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 209-222

About this book


This book is the first in the field to explore the use of music in negotiation, conflict resolution and leadership development. Presenting grounded empirical data, it examines how adopting an ensemble approach to negotiation and problem-solving might assist in shifting adversarial combative and competitive frames towards a collaborative mindset. The book introduces a music-based cognitive metaphor and music-based pedagogy into the study of negotiation and problem-solving, considering the impact of arts-based learning strategies on the theory and practice of dispute resolution and enriching readers’ understanding of the design and implementation of such strategies. Specifically focused upon the rise of arts-based learning in professional business management education and training, this book explores the need for foundational change in conflict culture and leadership development, and how we might achieve it.


resolution leadership development management education arts-based learning arts-based methods qualitative research conflict crisis

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Toronto, ONCanada

About the authors

Linda M. Ippolito is a litigation lawyer, dispute resolution practitioner, teacher and scholar. With a background as a classical pianist and senior partner at the Toronto-based law firm, Sheridan, Ippolito & Associates, Linda's passion lies in the intersection between music and conflict. Her academic research has focused upon transforming traditional dispute resolution norms and behaviours and the building of creative capacities through the use of music-based teaching and learning modalities.

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