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The Power of Conflict

Nikolas Katsimpra (Columbia University)
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The increasing popularity of interdisciplinary/cross-functional collaboration the past few years, such as Devops, signifies an organic transition in the IT industry. A remarkably similar transition has been slowly ongoing in multiple industries and fields, from academia, to finance and even policy. We have begun to realize the paramount importance of effective interdisciplinary collaboration as the only solution for the immense complexity of the next generation of challenges. This requires a highly systemic approach that transcends the traditional organizational structures and, more importantly, cultures. This talk will focus on the significance of conflict resolution culture systems, based on basic concepts of social psychology, systems thinking, and complexity.

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Nikolas Katsimpra

Columbia University

Nikolas Katsimpras lectures at Columbia University’s master program in Negotiation and Conflict Resolution, and is a lab instructor at the School of International and Public Affairs. In 2012, he became a fellow at the Advanced Consortium for Cooperation, Conflict and Complexity, specializing in systems thinking-based methodologies for understanding protracted, intractable conflicts. He did research in Burma/ Myanmar, one of the longest internal conflicts in modern history, on the prospects for sustainable peace. He is a former officer of the Hellenic Navy, and an award recipient by the International Institute for Humanitarian Law. Nikolas’ passion for technology and interdisciplinarity have led him to focus his work more on breaking down organizational silos to tackle complex problems. He is a consultant on organizational management, focusing on organizational culture and cross-functional collaboration. Nikolas is a member of the Association for Conflict Resolution, a frequent Huffington Post contributor, and an avid diver, with passion for travel and photography.