Pedagogy at the Program on Negotiation (Pedagogy @ PON)

Pedagogy at the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School (Pedagogy @ PON) is dedicated to improving the way people teach and learn about negotiation and dispute resolution. Incorporating and expanding upon the historical mission of the Teaching Negotiation Resource Center, (formerly the Clearinghouse) Pedagogy @ PON serves as PON’s intellectual focal point for negotiation education.

Pedagogy @ PON is involved a range of activities including research, curriculum development, training, and networking among those interested in negotiation and dispute resolution pedagogy. The formal mission of Pedagogy @ PON is to:

•Contribute to the growing field of negotiation and dispute resolution pedagogy through research and publications;
•Support both experienced and next-generation negotiation and dispute resolution educators through workshops, idea exchanges, and other educator-focused events;
•Foster connections between communities of negotiation and dispute resolution educators and education scholars;
•Develop and distribute teaching materials that are useful in skills-based negotiation and dispute resolution instruction;
•Explore and test the application of new technologies to improve teaching and learning about negotiation and dispute resolution; and
•Help PON reach new audiences of negotiation practitioners and students through workshops, seminars, and other educational activities.

Co-Director, Lawrence Susskind, MIT
Co-Director, Michael Wheeler, Harvard Business School
Coordinator, Warren Dent, Harvard Law School

Pedagogy @ PON publishes a free, weekly e-newsletter, Teaching Negotiation, which highlights current research, new teaching materials, and upcoming events, as well as offering a discussion forum for negotiation and dispute resolution instructors. The discussion forums can be found through LinkedIn and Facebook.

Click here to get our Free Report “Teaching Negotiation – Understanding The Impact Of Role Play Simulations” and to subscribe to Teaching Negotiation e-newsletter. For a glossary of common Program on Negotiation terms, please reference our Glossary

Why Classic Cases?

PON Staff   •  05/11/2011   • Filed in Daily, Negotiation Skills, Pedagogy at the Program on Negotiation (Pedagogy @ PON)

Why are some negotiation exercises still used in a great many university classes even twenty years after they were written? In an effort to understand more about the enduring quality of some classic teaching materials, we asked faculty affiliated with PON to explain why they think some role play simulations remain bestsellers in the Clearinghouse … Read More 

Clearinghouse Customers Speak!

PON Staff   •    • Filed in Daily, Negotiation Skills, Pedagogy at the Program on Negotiation (Pedagogy @ PON)

In an effort to understand more about how the PON Clearinghouse does and doesn’t meet its customers’ needs, we interviewed a number of long-time Clearinghouse clients. We asked what teaching materials they found most valuable and for what reasons. We also asked how they found out about the Clearinghouse and what additional teaching and training … Read More 

How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Camera: Video in Negotiation Pedagogy

PON Staff   •    • Filed in Daily, Events, Negotiation Skills, Pedagogy at the Program on Negotiation (Pedagogy @ PON)

How can video be used to enhance the teaching of negotiation? This question was addressed by Michael Moffitt from the University of Oregon Law School in his presentation called “How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Camera: Video in Negotiation Pedagogy” at the NP @ PON faculty dinner seminar on April 21, 2011. … Read More 

New PON Teaching Materials About the Work of Martti Ahtisaari, 2010 Great Negotiator Award Recipient

PON Staff   •  12/09/2010   • Filed in Daily, Great Negotiator Award, International Negotiation, Negotiation Skills, Pedagogy at the Program on Negotiation (Pedagogy @ PON)

The Program on Negotiation’s 2010 Great Negotiator Award was given to former Finnish President, Martti Ahtisaari, for his many significant achievements in the fields of negotiation and diplomacy. He was central to the Namibian independence negotiations in the late 1980s. He also served as chief United Nations negotiator to Kosovo from 2005-2006, and was instrumental … Read More 

Learning to Manage Climate Change Risks: Three New Multiparty Negotiation Games That Can be Used to Enhance Public Engagement

PON Staff   •  10/05/2010   • Filed in Daily, Negotiation Skills, Pedagogy at the Program on Negotiation (Pedagogy @ PON), Research Projects

The Clearinghouse now offers three, multi-party role play simulations focused on helping cities manage climate change risks. These were prepared by the Science Impact Collaborative at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology under the direction of Professor Larry Susskind. The purpose of these exercises is to engage the public in a mixture of political and technical … Read More 

Bruce Patton on Teaching the Micro-Skills of Negotiation

PON Staff   •  06/05/2010   • Filed in Daily, Negotiation Skills, Pedagogy at the Program on Negotiation (Pedagogy @ PON)

There is often a profound gap – of which we are typically unaware – between what we “know” or “believe” about effective negotiation practice and what we actually do as practitioners under pressure.  Bruce Patton, the founder of Vantage Partners and co-founder of the Harvard Negotiation Project, advocates helping students master key “micro-skills” to enable … Read More 

New Teaching Notes for Three Values-Based Mediation Simulations

PON Staff   •    • Filed in Daily, Mediation, Pedagogy at the Program on Negotiation (Pedagogy @ PON)

NP@PON has developed several new Teaching Notes to accompany the three values-based and identity-based simulations described in the last NP@PON Newsletter.  The simulations are available along with an overview Teaching Note, individual teaching notes for each game, and an Annotated Bibliography. The overview Note offers extensive guidance on how to organize discussions about value-based disputes … Read More 

Mediation Curriculum: Trends and Variations

PON Staff   •  06/01/2010   • Filed in Daily, Mediation, Pedagogy at the Program on Negotiation (Pedagogy @ PON)

NP@PON collected many types of curriculum materials from teachers and trainers who attended the 2009 Mediation Pedagogy Conference.  We received general materials about classes on Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) as well as highly specific and idiosyncratic units like Conflict Resolution through Literature: Romeo and Juliet and a negotiating training package for female managers from the … Read More 

Making and Using Films to Teach Negotiation

PON Staff   •    • Filed in Daily, Negotiation Skills, Pedagogy at the Program on Negotiation (Pedagogy @ PON)

Access to multimedia content is rapidly increasing throughout the world, with videos and short clips permeating our daily life – whether in gas stations, on ATMs, cell phones, or mobile entertainment devices.   We are consuming, producing, and interacting with videos more now than ever before: YouTube is the third-most visited website on the Internet, the … Read More 

Using Philosophy to Teach Dispute Resolution

PON Staff   •  01/05/2010   • Filed in Daily, Dispute Resolution, Pedagogy at the Program on Negotiation (Pedagogy @ PON)

Many negotiation and mediation instructors draw from other disciplines for a range of purposes. Insights from social psychology, for instance, can help students understand, explain, or predict certain interpersonal and inter-group dynamics. Ideas from economics and game theory can shed light on certain value-creation principles. The performing arts, including improvisational theater, can help negotiation students … Read More 

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