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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The Moral Quandary: Negotiation Exercises Featuring Ethical Dilemmas

PON Staff   •  11/15/2018   •  Filed in Teaching Negotiation

Negotiation Exercises

In a negotiation, few issues heighten tensions faster than when one party feels that the other party has done something ethically or morally incorrect.
To help professionals prepare for times like this, the Program on Negotiation’s Teaching Negotiation Resource Center (TNRC) offers a variety of negotiation exercises designed to teach participants how to handle disputes that … Read More 

The Value of Using Scorable Simulations in Negotiation Training

Lara SanPietro   •  11/12/2018   •  Filed in Teaching Negotiation

At a recent Teaching Negotiation Resource Center (TNRC) faculty pedagogy seminar, members of the PON faculty and negotiation community gathered to hear Gordon Kaufman (MIT Morris A. Adelman Professor of Management, Emeritus) speak about how he uses quantifiable data to plot student-learning trajectories. The conversation focused on the ongoing debate within the negotiation pedagogy community regarding the … Read More 

Entrepreneurial Negotiation – New Book on Negotiation Challenges for Entrepreneurs

Lara SanPietro   •  10/03/2018   •  Filed in Uncategorized

Entrepreneurial Negotiation

Entrepreneurial Negotiation: Understanding and Managing the Relationships that Determine Your Entrepreneurial Success
The great majority of startups fail, and most entrepreneurs who have succeeded have had to bounce back from serious mistakes. Entrepreneurs fumble key interactions because they don’t know how to handle the negotiation challenges that almost always arise. They mistakenly believe that deals … Read More 

Kissinger the Negotiator: New Book on Dealmaking and Diplomacy

Lara SanPietro   •  09/12/2018   •  Filed in Uncategorized

Kissinger the Negotiator

Lessons from Dealmaking at the Highest Level
In this groundbreaking, definitive guide to the art of negotiation, PON faculty James Sebenius (Harvard Business School) and Robert Mnookin (Harvard Law School), along with R. Nicholas Burns of the Harvard Kennedy School, offer a comprehensive examination of one of the most successful dealmakers of all time: Henry Kissinger.

Politicians, … Read More 

Teach Your Students Dispute Resolution for Their Everyday Lives

Lara SanPietro   •  09/06/2018   •  Filed in Uncategorized

conflict management

Negotiation refers to the process of working out agreements that meet each party’s needs and address their interests. People negotiate all the time in their everyday lives: in the workplace, within families, and when buying goods and services. Knowing which negotiation strategies to use in different circumstances can make a significant difference. The Teaching Negotiation … Read More 

Teach Your Students to Negotiate Climate Change

Lara SanPietro   •  08/17/2018   •  Filed in Uncategorized

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 

Teach Your Students to Manage Two Party and Multiparty Negotiations

Lara SanPietro   •  07/25/2018   •  Filed in Uncategorized

complex dealmaking

Check Out Our Bestselling Two Party and Multiparty Negotiation Simulations
More than just the increased number of parties at the table, there are key differences in how negotiators manage two party versus multiparty negotiations. Power disparities can be exacerbated in two party negotiations, however the opportunities for option generation can also be increased. The formation of … Read More 

Ask A Negotiation Expert: New Advice For Entrepreneurs

PON Staff   •  06/30/2018   •  Filed in Uncategorized

Getting an idea or innovation off the ground as an entrepreneur takes strong negotiation skills.
Yet, in their new book Entrepreneurial Negotiation: Understanding and Managing the Relationships that Determine Your Entrepreneurial Success (Palgrave/Macmillan, 2018), Program on Negotiationinstructor Samuel Dinnar and MIT professor Lawrence Susskind write that many entrepreneurs are falling short. Here, Susskind explains what often … Read More 

Teach Crucial Leadership Skills

Lara SanPietro   •  06/20/2018   •  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 

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