Role Simulations

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More than 200 role-play simulations are available through the Program on Negotiation Teaching Negotiation Resource Center. These put participants in hypothetical situations and challenge them to deliberate and make decisions in new and different ways. Role-play simulations foster both individual and collective learning that can be transferred to “real world” situations. They also provide safe and flexible settings for experimentation.

Role-play simulations combine the best of traditional learning exercises, which feature fixed rules that limit the range of possible outcomes, along with role-specific assignments that leave room for creative problem-solving. Learners are given common general instructions that set the stage along with confidential instructions (based on interviews with people who have played those actual roles or something close to them). Role-play simulations are usually followed by debriefings in which participants – with the help of an instructor – reflect on how the exercise progressed, what they learned, and how these lessons relate to or diverge from their real world situations.

Technical information plays an important role in some role-play simulations, but the emphasis is primarily on human interactions. The role-play simulations in the Teaching Negotiation Resource Center are ultimately designed to help participants learn to become better negotiators and become more self-conscious about what they are doing and why.

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Role Simulations

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Family Negotiation Role-Play:

George and Martha

Two-party integrative negotiation between representatives for a divorcing couple over the amount of child support payments
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Global Treaty-Making Negotiation Role-Play:

Global Management of Organochlorines

Lawrence Susskind, Sarah McKearnan, Mike Gordon, Adil Najam, Joshua Secunda, Granville Sewell, Parag Shah and Andrea Strimling
Thirteen-person, multi-issue facilitated negotiation among eight country representatives, four NGO representatives, and a working group chairperson must draft a treaty aimed at reducing harmful organochlorines; also known as "Chlorine Game"
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Community Dispute Negotiation Role-Play:

Grocery Store

David Eun and Bruce Patton
Two-party negotiation between a minister and a school principal over how to address racial tensions arising from alleged shoplifting at a local grocery store
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Michael Maturo, Kate Mahoney, Francisco Ingouville and Anthony Wanis St. John, under the direction of David Fairman
Six-person mediated negotiation among representatives of the Guatemalan government, military, rebel groups, indigenous people, and U.S. government to address post-armed-conflict human rights, land claims, and cultural and political rights issues
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Joel Cutcher-Gershenfeld, Dale Bricker and Lawrence Poe
Two-team, six-issue negotiation between three teachers' union representatives and three school district representatives over a meeting agenda and a proposed wellness program, among other issues
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Business and Commercial Dispute Negotiation Role-Play:

Harborco

Denise Madigan, Thomas Weeks, and Lawrence Susskind
Six-party, multi-issue, scoreable negotiation among representatives of a port developer, labor union, environmental coalition, other regional ports, governor's office, and department of coastal resources over a proposal to build a new deep-water port
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Tyler Corson-Rickert and Mónica Oliver under the direction of Professor Lawrence Susskind
This is a seven-party, integrative negotiation between stakeholders in a city over how to implement housing retrofits to enhance resilience to extreme heat in the aftermath of deadly heat waves attributed to climate change.
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Robert Smith and Ericka Gray
Two-party, multi-issue negotiation between a human resources director and a prospective employee over terms of hire that highlight cultural differences
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International Relations Negotiation Role-Play:

Hitana Bay Development Simulation

International Programme for the Management of Sustainability, with Lawrence Susskind
Ten-party, multi-issue negotiation among government, development, industry, labor, and preservation interests over port improvements, real-estate development, and environmental protection in a Caribbean island harbor expansion
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Community Dispute Negotiation Role-Play:

Homelessness in Niceville

Edward Scher and Lawrence Susskind
Six-person facilitated integrative negotiation among advocates for homeless people, community and business leaders, and a foundation regarding the allocation of a grant to alleviate local homelessness problems
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Business and Commercial Dispute Negotiation Role-Play:

Hong Kong Property Deal

Larry Crump, based on a concept developed by Lawrence Susskind
Two-party potentially integrative negotiation between a property owner and a neighboring business over the sale of two real estate parcels
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Health / Medicine / Pharmaceutical Negotiation Role-Play:

Hopkins HMO

Janet Martinez
Three-party, multi-issue contract negotiation among representatives for an HMO and two pharmaceutical companies over the purchase of a new antidepressant drug
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Health / Medicine / Pharmaceutical Negotiation Role-Play:

Hopkins Hospital

Janet Martinez
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Health / Medicine / Pharmaceutical Negotiation Role-Play:

Hospital Committee, The

Irma Tyler-Wood and Bruce Patton
Multi-party negotiation among hospital committee members over the allocation of scarce life-saving resources
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Hannah Payne and Genea Foster under the direction of Lawrence Susskind
A seven-party role-play simulation involving a diverse set of stakeholders who must consider the short-term and long-term public health impacts of climate change while assessing the pros and cons of specific (and conflicting) risk management strategies
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Public Dispute Negotiation Role-Play:

HumboldtMediating a Regional Development Dispute

Lawrence Susskind
Eight-person, multi-issue mediation among regional government, environmental, development, and business interests regarding environmental and economic tradeoffs and ethical issues in the development of a manufacturing plant
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Jennie Hatch under the supervision of Lawrence Susskind
Six-party, multi-issue negotiation focused on issues of public engagement in hydropower-based energy development
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Science-Intensive Policy Disputes Negotiation Role-Play:

IndopotamiaNegotiating Boundary-Crossing Water Conflicts

Catherine M. Ashcraft under the supervision of Professors Lawrence Susskind and Shafiqul Islam
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Environment and Sustainability Negotiation Role-Play:

Jefferson Hazardous Waste Negotiation

Vicki Arroyo and Lawrence Susskind
Eight-party, five-issue negotiation among community, environmental, business, and government interests over the formulation of a statewide hazardous waste siting policy
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Corporate Decision-Making Negotiation Role-Play:

Jerry

Ron Karp and Bruce Patton
Two-party conversation between an employee and his supervisor regarding the employee's recent poor job performance and potential termination
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Jennie Hatch & Kessely Hong
A three-party employment negotiation involving a mid-career student negotiating two job offers via email at the same time.
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James Lawrence
Five- or six-person mediation between manufacturing company management and a former employee (and their respective counsel) regarding the employee's departure amid allegations of sexual harassment; optional extra role for manager accused of harassment
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Paddy Moore, with the assistance of Lawrence Susskind
Three-party negotiation among a company's human resources manager, senior manager, and a supervisor over whether to reverse plans to fire the supervisor's employee
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Community Dispute Negotiation Role-Play:

Juvenile Justice Restorative Circle

David Baharvar under the supervision of Robert C. Bordone
Six- or eight-party mediated restorative justice circle among juvenile offender, offender's parent, victim, community member, facilitators supporting each side, and one or two mediators, regarding a juvenile shoplifting incident
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Cross-Cultural Negotiation Role-Play:

Kaotian Crisis

Bruce Patton
Two-team, ten-party international crisis negotiation between U.S. and "Kaotian" military and security officials to address Kaotian seizure of an American vessel and the ensuing military crisis
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Corporate Decision-Making Negotiation Role-Play:

Kelly Corporation, The

Ron Karp and Bruce Patton
Three-party brief negotiation among a supervisor and two employees who are each asking for a raise
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Regulation Negotiation Role-Play:

Lake Wasota Fishing Rights

Denise Madigan, Tod Loofbourrow with teaching notes by Eileen Babbitt and Lawrence Susskind
Six-party, six-issue, scoreable negotiation among representatives of tribal, state, federal, recreation, and business interests over fishing rights in a large lake
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Technology Negotiation Role-Play:

Lattitude.com

Melissa Manwaring
Two-party distributive e-mail negotiation regarding the potential sale of a domain name
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Business and Commercial Dispute Negotiation Role-Play:

Law Library, The

John Palenberg, Elizabeth Gray, Deborah Winter, and Wayne Davis
Two-party negotiation between representatives of two law firms over the sale of a collection of law books
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Business and Commercial Dispute Negotiation Role-Play:

Least-Cost Planning Exercise

Clinton Andrews and Lavinia Hall
Six-party, multi-issue mediation among electric utilities, consumer interests, environmentalists, and mediator with technical expertise, over the best way to meet increased demands for electricity
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Corporate Decision-Making Negotiation Role-Play:

Leaves Before the Fall

James K.L. Lawrence
Lawyers negotiate terms of an employer/employee dispute. The primary characteristic of the Leaves Before the Fall simulation is that the facts set out in each representative’s “confidential instructions” are the same – identical in every respect.
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Mediation Role-Play:

Little v. Jenks

Karen Falkenstein Green
Two-party small-claims settlement mediation between two former friends over the sale of a problematic used car
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Science-Intensive Policy Disputes Negotiation Role-Play:

Long RiverConfronting the Challenges of Instream Flow

Catherine Ashcraft and Larry Susskind
A six-party, seven-person (including the mediator), multi-issue mediation among representatives of governmental, business, environmental, recreational, and tribal interests regarding a dispute over developing an instream flow action plan
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International Relations Negotiation Role-Play:

Managing ChangeThe HR Challenge

Joel Cutcher-Gershenfeld
Six-party, multi-issue negotiation among human resource and line managers to create a plan for improving communication and outsourcing recruitment activities
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Environment and Sustainability Negotiation Role-Play:

Managing Groundwater Beneath the Pablo-Burford Border

Lawrence Susskind
Two-team, ten-person, multi-issue, co-chaired negotiation between representatives of two adjacent countries regarding the transboundary management of a severe water shortage crisis
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Public Dispute Negotiation Role-Play:

Managing Growth in Rockville

Armand Ciccarelli and Lawrence Susskind
Seven-person, multi-issue mediation among business, planning, environmental, and agricultural interests regarding growth management and comprehensive planning
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Labor Relations Negotiation Role-Play:

MAPO – Administration Negotiation

Mark Gordon, Elizabeth Gray, Tim Rieser, and Lynn Gerber
Two-team, multi-issue collective bargaining negotiation between three police union representatives and three municipal representatives over police salaries, benefits, and working conditions
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Rose Foley, under the direction of David Fairman and Laura Keane
Five-party, multi-issue, EU-mediated negotiation between representatives of Catholic and Protestant groups regarding a Protestant marching route through Catholic neighborhoods
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International Relations Negotiation Role-Play:

Marsh County Case

John Perryman
A set of four simultaneous and potentially interactive multi-party negotiations among locally elected officials, industry representatives, and community leaders regarding a range of economic, educational, environmental, and social issues
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International Relations Negotiation Role-Play:

Matter of Arthur Hangtough

JAMS/ Endispute
Two-party negotiation between representatives of a company and an employee over the terms of termination and severance pay amid charges of past sexual harassment by the employee
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International Relations Negotiation Role-Play:

MC Metals

Dan Delisi, under the supervision of Lawrence Susskind and Paul Levy
Six-person integrative negotiation among representatives of manufacturing company, occupational safety agency, union, local fire department, and local technical expert to settle claims of safety violations that allegedly caused two employee deaths
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International Relations Negotiation Role-Play:

McMillin - SOS

Harvard Law School Board of Student Advisors, with refinements by Guhan Subramanian and Melissa Manwaring
Two-team, multi-issue negotiation between representatives of a restaurant conglomerate and a neighborhood organization over zoning requirements for a possible fast-food restaurant in a historic university neighborhood
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Business and Commercial Dispute Negotiation Role-Play:

MedLeeIn Pursuit of a Healthy Joint Venture

Candace Lun and Jeswald W. Salacuse
Two-party, four-issue negotiation between representatives of two companies with different national and corporate cultures regarding a possible joint venture
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International Relations Negotiation Role-Play:

Meridia and Petrocentram

Abram Chayes and Antonia Handler Chayes
Two-party, four-issue negotiation between representatives of a Central American country and an international petroleum corporation over the terms of an offshore drilling project
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International Relations Negotiation Role-Play:

Monroe Energy Assistance Game I

Allan Morgan and Lawrence Susskind
Six-party, four-issue negotiation among representatives of consumer groups, political leaders, and public utilities to develop a statewide energy assistance plan for low-income residents
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International Relations Negotiation Role-Play:

Monroe Energy Assistance Game II

Jeffrey B. Litwak and Lawrence Susskind
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International Relations Negotiation Role-Play:

Mountain View Farm

Roger Fisher and Andrew Clarkson
Two-party, multi-issue integrative negotiation between a farmer and a neighbor over the sale or lease of part of the neighbor's land
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Business and Commercial Dispute Negotiation Role-Play:

Mouse Exercise

Geoffrey Fink and Maria Baute Stewart
Seven-party, multi-issue negotiation among a theme-park developer, neighboring mayors, a regional organization, and a national government representative over the development of a proposed theme park; involves coalition-building and cultural issues
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Game Theory and Negotiation Analytics Role-Play:

Multimode, Inc.

Lawrence Susskind
Two-party intra-organization negotiation between a company's financial and human resources officers regarding the amount of a budget increase
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International Relations Negotiation Role-Play:

Multisearch Software

Eric Gould and Michelle Easter
Two-party integrative negotiation between a software developer and a software manufacturer over a possible contract for a new search engine product

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