Michael A. Wheeler, Co-Director of the Dispute Resolution Program, Editor of Negotiation Journal, and member of the Program on Negotiation Steering Committee since 1984, has been appointed the MBA Class of 1952 Professor of Management Practice at Harvard Business School. He joined the School’s faculty in 1993.
Professor Wheeler currently serves as faculty chair of the MBA Required Curriculum, which is taken by students during their first year at the School. He also teaches a second-year elective, “Negotiating Complex Deals and Disputes,” and a variety of courses in the School’s Executive Education Program.
Wheeler’s research focuses on complex negotiations, dispute resolution, and new Internet-based deal-making systems. He is the author or coauthor of eight books, including On Teaching Negotiation and Business Fundamentals: Negotiation, as well as numerous articles in scholarly journals and the public press. His text Environmental Dispute Resolution (with Lawrence Bacow) won the Center for Public Resources’ annual award as the best book on negotiation.
Wheeler taught in MIT’s Department of Urban Studies and Planning from 1981 to 1994, where he was director of research at the Center for Real Estate Development. Previously, he was a professor of law at the New England School of Law, and director of education and research at the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy. He has also been a visiting professor at the University of Colorado and the Politecnico di Torino in Italy.
Wheeler holds a bachelor’s degree in American Studies from Amherst College, a J.D. degree from Boston University School of Law, and an LL.M. degree from Harvard Law School, with a concentration in law and public policy. Admitted to the Massachusetts bar in 1969, he has been a panelist for the American Arbitration Association, and has served as a mediator or arbitrator in a variety of business and regulatory disputes.
He lives in Gloucester, Massachusetts, with his wife, Candace Wheeler, who is the town manager of Hamilton, Massachusetts. They have two daughters, Kate and Caroline.