50th Anniversary of A Behavioral Theory of Labor Negotiations

Event Date: Thursday March 5, 2015
Time: 1:00 PM
Location: Wasserstein Hall, Room 2004, Harvard Law School Campus

The Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School invites you to join us for

A 50th Anniversary Celebration of

A Behavioral Theory of Labor Negotiations

with Robert B. McKersie and Richard E. Walton

 A live webcast of this event will be available for viewing at 


Thursday, March 5, 2015

12:00 p.m. Registration opens
1:00  – 5:30 p.m. Program
5:30-6:30 p.m. Reception

Wasserstein Hall, Room 2004
Harvard Law School Campus 

Free and open to the public.

For more information, email Polly Hamlen at mhamlen@law.harvard.edu

Join us for a celebration of the fiftieth anniversary of the publication of A Behavioral Theory of Labor Negotiations, by Richard E. Walton and Robert B. McKersie. The symposium will include discussions examining the evolution and impact of concepts and practices introduced in this landmark text, and a response by Professors McKersie and Walton.  A reception will follow at the conclusion of the symposium.

Please note that the schedule has been updated from what was previously advertised.

The program will be as follows:

12:00 p.m. Registration opens

1:00 p.m. Welcome

  • Robert Mnookin, Harvard Law School; Chair, Program on Negotiation
  • Michael Wheeler, Harvard Business School
  •  Thomas Kochan, MIT Sloan School of Management
  • Joel Cutcher-Gershenfeld, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

1:15 p.m.   Session 1: Enduring Dualities: integrative/distributive; creating/claiming; forcing/fostering . . .

  • James Sebenius, Harvard Business School (lead)
  • Bruce Patton, Harvard Negotiation Project

1:45 p.m.   Session 2:  New Frontiers: Pushing the boundaries of attitudinal structuring

  • Max Bazerman, Harvard Business School (lead)
  • Jeanne Brett, Northwestern University
  • Harry Katz, Cornell University
  • Deepak Malhotra, Harvard Business School
  • Keith Murninghan, Northwestern University

2:20 p.m.   Session 3:  Intra-organizational bargaining revisited in post-industrial organizations

  • Joel Cutcher-Gershenfeld, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (lead)
  • Deanna Dudley and James Pruitt, Kaiser-Permanente
  • Kris Rondeau, Harvard University Clerical and Technical Workers (HUCTW)
  • Jody Hoffer Gittell, Brandeis University

2:55 p.m.   Comments by Richard E. Walton, Harvard Business School, and Robert B. McKersie, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

3:10 p.m. Break

3:30 p.m.  Session 4:  Negotiation and conflict resolution in the workplace: a fifty-year perspective

  • David Lipsky, Cornell University (lead)
  • Steve Goldberg, Northwestern University
  • Mary Rowe, MIT
  • Ron Seeber, Cornell University
  • Michelle Williams, Cornell University

4:05 p.m.   Session 5: Facilitating and training in the community: a fifty-year perspective

  • Susan Podziba, consultant/mediator (lead)
  • Bonnie Castrey, mediator/arbitrator
  • Brian Bloch, Department of the Interior
  • Lawrence Susskind, MIT

4:40 p.m.    Session 6:  Pedagogy:  a fifty-year perspective

  • Len Greenhalgh, Dartmouth University (lead)
  • Michael Wheeler, Harvard Business School

5:10 p.m.    Comments by Robert McKersie and Richard Walton

5:30 – 6:30 p.m. Reception  (Milstein West A, 2nd floor, Wasserstein Hall)

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