Robert Mnookin Honored by International Academy of Mediators with Lifetime Achievement Award

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Program on Negotiation Chair Robert Mnookin was honored by the International Academy of Mediators with a lifetime achievement award during the organization’s fall 2012 conference in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

The theme of this year’s conference was, “Exploring the Frontiers of Conflict Resolution: From the Banks of the Charles to the Distant Shores of Cyberspace.”

Though focused on promoting mediation as the primary vehicle for dispute resolution, the IAM’s broader mission is to set the standards and qualifications for professional mediators of commercial disputes. The organization is devoted to educating the public, legal courts, and legislative bodies on the effective use of mediation.

In addition to receiving a lifetime achievement award, Professor Mnookin delivered a talk titled, “Caucus Considerations: Questionable or Indispensable?”

A leading scholar in the field of conflict resolution and mediation, Robert Mnookin has applied his groundbreaking interdisciplinary approach to a wide-range of negotiation and conflict resolution scenarios both public and private.

In his best-selling book, “Bargaining with the Devil: When to Negotiate, When to Fight,” Professor Mnookin explores the challenge of making critical decisions, such as when or if to engage in negotiation, and offers a framework for decision-making that can still apply to both international conflicts and everyday life.

Professor Mnookin has authored many other award-winning and foundational works in the field of mediation and conflict resolution, such as “Beyond Winning: Negotiating to Create Value in Deals and Disputes,” (with colleagues Scott Peppett and Andrew Tulumello), and “Negotiating on Behalf of Others,” with fellow Program on Negotiation faculty member Lawrence Susskind.

In accepting the award, Professor Mnookin said,

“All of us in this room are extremely lucky to be working in this field, where we help people deal with conflict and help them solve problems. Nothing is more gratifying.”

Robert Mnookin was joined by the IAM winter conference by fellow PON colleagues Guhan Subramanian, Alain Lempereur, Robert Bordone, and Sheila Heen, each of whom discussed their current research in the field of mediation and dispute resolution.

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