Teaching Negotiation

Teaching negotiation includes instructional areas such as deal setup and design, dispute resolution systems, arbitration, mediation, and meeting facilitation as well as the use of interactive role-play exercises, books, videos, training materials and role-play simulations designed around a specific negotiation skill or concept. The Program on Negotiation’s educational resource center, known as the Teaching Negotiation Resource Center (TNRC), develops a wide-range of role-play simulations –including the popular Sally Soprano negotiation case study — interactive teaching exercises, books, videos, and scholarly papers devoted to the application of teaching negotiation and training effective negotiators.

Materials in the TNRC cover negotiation-related issues in areas ranging from climate change to ethics. Many of the themes are substantive (e.g., environmental negotiations or business negotiations), some target specific sectors (e.g., health care industry), or address particular contexts (e.g., cross-cultural negotiation skills) while others are more process oriented (e.g., facilitation).

The most popular simulation topics include:

Environmental
Real Estate
Workplace
Public Policy
Teaching in Law
Water Management Simulations

In addition, once a year, the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School selects an outstanding individual who embodies what it means to be a truly great negotiator. To earn the Great Negotiator Award, the honoree must be a distinguished leader whose lifelong accomplishments in the field of dispute resolution and negotiation have had compelling and lasting results.

To help students and professionals learn valuable lessons from these highly skilled negotiators, PON’s Great Negotiator Case Study Series features in-depth studies such as Stuart Eizenstat: Negotiating the Final Accounts of World War II and Lakhdar Brahimi: Negotiating a New Government for Afghanistan.

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Negotiating with Family

Lara SanPietro   •  02/14/2018   •  Filed in Teaching Negotiation

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Legal Disputes Where Emotions Override Reason
Negotiating with a colleague or client can be complicated, but negotiating with a family member can cause us to leave reason at the door. Negotiating with family, where emotions are heightened, can lead to a reluctance to compromise. This is especially true when it comes to legal disputes between family … Read More 

Teach Your Students to Negotiate the Principal-Agent Relationship with Fie’s Agent

Lara SanPietro   •  01/30/2018   •  Filed in Teaching Negotiation

Soccer football negotation

Negotiate International Sports Contracts
In many business negotiations, especially those involving athletes, you will find an agent negotiating on behalf of the principal party. This unique principal-agent relationship can cause challenges at the negotiating table. The agent may have different preferences from their principal party. Agents may also have different incentives from the principal. Agents may … Read More 

Negotiate International Energy Contracts with ENCO

Lara SanPietro   •  01/18/2018   •  Filed in Teaching Negotiation

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ENCO: Negotiating International Contracts in the Face of Political Instability
Negotiating international contracts can be tricky, and unstable, especially when governments are parties in the negotiation. ENCO is a Texas-based power company that has begun to move aggressively into emerging markets. The Indian government has approached ENCO to build an electrical generating plant to increase the power … Read More 

Teach Coalition Management in Multiparty Negotiations

Lara SanPietro   •  01/10/2018   •  Filed in Teaching Negotiation

multiparty negotiations

Multiparty negotiations can be difficult to manage if you are unprepared for the formation of coalitions. Two-party and multiparty negotiations share some important similarities: the goal of discovering the zone of possible agreement, for example. However, there are some key differences that set them apart. As soon as the number of parties increases past two, … Read More 

Crossed Wires? Negotiation Games To Help Your Business Deal Sidestep Legal, Technical And Emotional Glitches

Lara SanPietro   •  12/21/2017   •  Filed in Teaching Negotiation

What’s faster than the pace of technological development? The pace of lawsuits being filed about the adoption of new technologies, patent infringement, and intellectual property rights. In our modern world, professionals must be able to resolve highly challenging technology-related disputes – often before they reach the courtroom. That’s where the Program on Negotiation’s Teaching … Read More 

Gender Discrimination: How to Reach a Negotiated Agreement

Lara SanPietro   •  12/14/2017   •  Filed in Teaching Negotiation

As you know, gender stereotypes often enter the negotiation process. Women and men are perceived to, and often do, act differently in negotiations. Furthermore, gender-based discrimination—such as less pay, unequal treatment, and sexual harassment—is often a source of conflict. With the resources available through the Teaching Negotiation Resource Center (TNRC), professionals can learn how to … Read More 

Teach Crucial Leadership Skills

Lara SanPietro   •  12/06/2017   •  Filed in Teaching Negotiation

A Crisis Creates a Leadership Vacuum
A publicly traded company on the NYSE with a reputation for business savvy and lucrative deal making is caught in a morally questionable situation that threatens the very future of the firm. As the dust settles, the CEO, on whose watch the scandal occurred, is forced to step down. Word … Read More 

Teach Your Students to Negotiate Climate Change

Lara SanPietro   •  12/06/2017   •  Filed in Teaching Negotiation

How Can Communities Negotiate Climate Change Risks?
With Hurricanes Harvey and Irma devastating much of Texas, Louisiana, the Caribbean, and Florida within days of each other, the impacts of climate change are dramatically affecting many communities. The severe flooding brought on by these storms has forced the impacted communities to confront a range of public health … Read More 

The Best Negotiation Exercises, Simulations and Videos

Lara SanPietro   •  12/05/2017   •  Filed in Teaching Negotiation

Negotiation Exercises

Have you planned your curriculum and purchased your teaching material for next semester? We’re here to help you to find the best negotiation exercises and teaching aids for your negotiation classes.

The Teaching Negotiation Resource Center (TNRC) is your one-stop shop for negotiation exercises, role-play simulations and teaching videos. Whether you’re teaching a new course in … Read More 

Teach Real Estate Negotiation

Lara SanPietro   •  11/01/2017   •  Filed in Teaching Negotiation

Real Estate Negotiation

Teach Real Estate Negotiation
Real estate negotiation can be difficult for both the buyer and the seller. Teaching real estate negotiation can involve value creation, distributive bargaining, as well as issue linkages. The Teaching Negotiation Resource Center (TNRC) has developed a wide variety of negotiation simulations designed to teach real estate negotiation. Three of the … Read More 

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