PON Live! How to Engage in Productive Disagreement

Event Date: Friday March 10, 2023
Time: 12:00-1:00 pm

The Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School is pleased to present:

PON Live!

How to Engage in Productive Disagreement

A virtual discussion with:

Julia Alexandra Minson

Julia Minson
Associate Professor of Public Policy
Harvard Kennedy School

Friday March 10, 2023
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm ET (US and Canada)
Free and open to the public.

The session will be recorded. Pending faculty approval, we will post the recording on this page after the session.


About the talk:

When faced with conflict, humans often fight or flee. But Julia Minson (HKS) and  tell us there is a better strategy: to engage in the disagreement with an open mind and be ready to learn. This talk draws on Minson’s research on receptiveness to opposing views and joint work with Francesca Gino (HBS) on the language we need to use to show others we are listening and how to disagree more productively.

About the speakers:

Francesca Gino is a researcher who focuses on why people make the decisions they do at work, and how leaders and employees can have more productive, creative and fulfilling lives. She is the Tandon Family Professor of Business Administration in the Negotiation, Organizations & Markets Unit at Harvard Business School and the author of Rebel Talent: Why it Pays to Break the Rules in Work and Life. Gino is also affiliated with the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School, the Mind, Brain, Behavior Initiative at Harvard, and the Behavioral Insight Group at Harvard Kennedy School. She co-chairs HBS Executive Education programs on Behavioral Economics (focused on how to apply behavioral insights to organizational problems) and Driving Profitable Growth.

Professor Gino has been honored as one of the world’s Top 40 Business Professors under 40 and one of the world’s 50 most influential management thinkers by Thinkers 50. She has won numerous awards for her teaching, including the HBS Faculty Award by Harvard Business School’s MBA Class of 2015, and for her research, including the 2013 Cummings Scholarly Achievement Award, from the Academy of Management Organizational Behavior Division. Her studies have also been featured in The Economist, The New York Times, Newsweek, Scientific American, Psychology Today, and The Wall Street Journal, and her work has been discussed on National Public Radio and CBS Radio.

 Julia Minson, Ph.D is an Associate Professor of Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School (HKS), where she is affiliated with the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy; the Center for Public Leadership; and the Taubman Center for State and Local Government. She teaches offerings in negotiation and decision-making through the Program on Negotiation, HKS Executive Education, and as part of the Management, Leadership and Decision Science Certificate.

Professor Minson’s research focuses on the nature of disagreement around delicate identity topics such as politics, decision-making in the workplace, and personal lifestyle choices. Her work specifically aims to help people—in both professional and personal settings—be more receptive to opposing views through simple and actionable interventions. She also studies the psychological biases in group decision-making and the factors that prevent people in positions of power from reaping the benefits of collaboration.

Additionally, she leads the HKS Conflict Management and Depolarization speaker series. The majority of Professor Minson’s research is conducted in collaboration with the graduate and post-doctoral students at the MC2 – the Minson Conflict and Collaboration Lab.



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