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When We Expect Too Much

By on / Business Negotiations

How often have you heard a friend or colleague refer to a contract as being “in the bag,” only to find out later that the deal didn’t go through? There always turns out to be a good reason a negotiation fell apart. Yet the fact remains that most negotiators are overconfident about their chances of … Read More 

Is that really what you want?

By on / Daily

Adapted from “You Need to Know What You Want,” first published in the Negotiation newsletter.

Do you really know what you want out of life? Most of us don’t, according to Timothy D. Wilson and Daniel T. Gilbert, psychology professors at the University of Virginia and Harvard University, respectively. The impact bias describes the common, systematic … Read More 

Should you bargain with the Devil?

By on / Conflict Resolution

In an age of terror, our national leaders face this sort of question every day. Should we negotiate with the Taliban? Iran? North Korea? What about terrorist groups holding hostages?”

In his new book, Bargaining with the Devil: When to Negotiate, When to Fight, Robert Mnookin, Chair of the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School, … Read More 

Crisis negotiations: how should the US engage with Iran?

By on / Mediation

Negotiation experts played a variety of roles in working through possible scenarios for negotiating with Iran over the issue of nuclear capability. As shown on the PBS television program, The Charlie Rose Show, the experts posed questions and “gamed out” different options, imagining possible responses of the other parties. PON affiliate Ehud Eiran participated in … Read More 

Allies and Enemies

By on / Business Negotiations

Imagine that you and a colleague get into an argument about the layout of a final report in front of a coworker you both like. Now suppose the same argument occurs in front of someone your colleague likes but you do not or vice versa—in front of an ally who is your colleague’s foe. As … Read More 

Mediating disputes on the job

By on / Daily, Mediation

Adapted from “Resolve Employee Conflicts with Mediation Techniques,” first published in the Negotiation newsletter.

If you manage people, disputes will show up at your door. The marketing VP protests that the budget cap you and your new finance VP proposed is hindering a research initiative you supported. Two young sales representatives are embroiled in a … Read More 

Choosing a mediator

By on / Daily, Mediation

Adapted from “Beyond Blame: Choosing a Mediator,” by Stephen B. Goldberg (professor, Northwestern University), first published in the Negotiation newsletter.

When a negotiation escalates into a dispute, most managers understand the value of seeking out a mediator for professional assistance with the matter. The question of whom to hire, however, is less clear-cut. What type of … Read More 

Professor Guhan Subramanian featured in

By on / Business Negotiations, Daily, Resources, Reviews of Books

Guhan Subramanian is one of the most prominent — and ambitious — legal academics of his generation. The 39-year-old is the only person who’s ever held tenured positions at Harvard’s law and business schools, and on the side he advises companies on M&A and corporate governance. After authoring numerous academic papers and a corporate law … Read More 

Should You Trust Your Agent?

By on / Business Negotiations

You’ve found a beautiful condo that you’d like to call your own. You conduct a thorough assess¬ment of its value and identify several other ap¬pealing properties in the same neighborhood and price range. Believing you’ve found the magic bid, you phone your real-estate agent. … Read More 

Join PON to Celebrate the Publication of Professor Robert Mnookin’s New Book “Bargaining with the Devil”

By on / Daily, Events

On Thursday, February 4, 2010, join us to celebrate the publication of Professor Robert Mnookin’s new book Bargaining with the Devil: When to Negotiate, When to Fight. This event is co-sponsored by Harvard Law School, the Program on Negotiation, and Facing History and Ourselves.

The evening will begin with a reception at 5:30 PM in Ropes … Read More 

Gender matters

By on / Negotiation Skills

Adapted from “Gender Assertiveness and Implicit Sexism,” first published in the Negotiation newsletter.
Most gender research in negotiation has examined differences between women and men, such as the tendency of women to be more anxious about the process and to set lower aspirations than men. The question of how people react to female negotiators versus … Read More