Lawrence Susskind, Vice Chair of Pedagogy, PON Executive Committee

Lawrence SusskindLawrence E. Susskind has been a Professor at MIT for more than 35 years. He teaches negotiation as well as a number of other advanced subjects and runs a substantial research program as Director of the MIT-Harvard Public Disputes Program. He has supervised more than 60 doctoral students who now work around the world in academia, government and the private sector. He is one of the founders and directors of the Program on Negotiation (PON) at Harvard Law School where he is Vice-Chair, Education. Professor Susskind created the Consensus Building Institute in 1993 and has been delivering tailored learning and organizational development solutions on a worldwide basis ever since. Through the executive training programs at PON he has offered specialized negotiation training (i.e., Technology Negotiation, Dealing with an Angry Public, Teaching Negotiation in the Corporation) to more than 40,000 people. He has published more than 70 teaching simulations, a dozen teaching videos and DVDs and is a columnist for Negotiation Newsletter published at Harvard. He has been a visiting lecturer at more than 50 universities in 20 countries. He is the author or co-author of 18 books including most recently, Breaking Robert’s Rules: The New Way to Run Your Meeting, Build Consensus and Get Results (Oxford University Press) as well as the forthcoming Built to Win: Creating a World-Class Negotiating Organization (Harvard Business School Press) and Multiparty Negotiation (Sage 2008). Professor Susskind has won a number of prizes and awards including a Pioneer Award from the Association for Conflict Resolution, the 2005 Distinguished Educator Award from the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning and the Global Environment Award given by the International Association for Impact Assessment. Two of his books, The Consensus Building Handbook (Sage) and Dealing with An Angry Public (Free Press), won best dispute resolution book of the year awards in 1995 and 1999. He received a BA from Columbia University in English Literature in 1968, a Master of City Planning from MIT in 1970 and a Ph.D in Urban and Regional Planning from MIT in 1973.

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Courses Taught:

Negotiation and Dispute Resolution in the Public Sector (11.255) – MIT

International Environmental Negotiation (11.364) – MIT / Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University

Multi-party Negotiation (11.257) – MIT / Harvard Law School

Graduate Introduction to Environmental Policy and Planning (11.601) – MIT

Program on Negotiation for Senior Executives – PON Executive Education Seminar

Select Publications:

Built to Win: Creating a World Class Negotiating Organization with Hal Movius, Harvard Business School Publishing Publication Date: 2009.

Papers on International Environmental Negotiation, Volume XVII. Edited with William R. Moomaw, Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School, 2009.

New Approaches to Consensus Building and Speeding up Large-Scale Energy Infrastructure Projects Presented at Conference X, Gottingen University, Germany, June 23, 2009. with Dr. Jonathan Raab.

The Cure for Our Broken Political Process: How We Can Get Our Politicians to Stop Fighting and Start Resolving the Issues that Truly Matter with Sol Erdman (Potomac Publishers) November 2008.

Deliberative Democracy And Dispute Resolution. Ohio State Journal On Dispute Resolution [Vol. 24:3 2009] (pages 1-12). 2009.

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