Use of a Modified Social Cubism Conflict Analysis Model for Environmental Health Practice: A Method Application Case Study During Indoor Air Quality Investigations

Anton Shufutinsky
2017 International Journal of Interdisciplinary and Multidisciplinary Studies   unpublished
The existing literature associates poor health with mold in indoor air. However, there is no regulated exposure limit or standard for analysis of airborne mold spores and most other bioaerosols in indoor environments. Thus, conflicts arise between employees, employers, health care organizations, legal and public affairs representatives, and regulatory agencies, preventing timely solutions and resulting in continued exposures, acute and chronic illness, resource expenditures, property damage,
more » ... failure to implement appropriate controls. Additionally, conflict may arise because stakeholders have conflicting interests regarding environmental health concerns, leaving environmental health professionals to resolve the problem. Conflict analysis and resolution skills are vital in these situations. Social cubism is a conflict analysis model developed to analyze ethnopolitical conflicts, but can potentially be used in health care settings. An inter-organizational conflict during an indoor air quality investigation was dissected using the social cubism model. The interrelated factors that cause and escalate conflicts and permit their proliferation were identified using the analytical strategy, exhibiting the potential use of this tool for conflict resolution in environmental health.