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A contract is an agreement having a lawful object entered into voluntarily by two or more parties, each of whom intends to create one or more legal obligations between them. The elements of a contract are "offer" and "acceptance" by "competent persons" having legal capacity who exchange "consideration" to create "mutuality of obligation."

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Role Simulations

Role Simulation
Elizabeth Fierman under the supervision of David Fairman, David Plumb, Lawrence Susskind, Philip Angell, and Kelly Levin
Eight-party negotiation (with option for a ninth person facilitator) regarding climate change issues in a situation loosely based on the situation in Viet Nam.
Role Simulation
High School / Young Adult Negotiation Role-Play:

Probation Games

Lawrence Susskind and Susan Podziba
A set of three simulations developed for and used in training court probation officers in negotiation techniques.
Role Simulation
Mieke van der Wansem, Tracy Dyke and Lawrence Susskind
Thirteen-person, multi-issue, two-round, partially scoreable negotiation among government, industry, environmental, and farming stakeholders to develop a land-use plan (Part I) and among additional government stakeholders over plan approval (Part II)
Role Simulation
Environment and Sustainability Negotiation Role-Play:

Radwaste I

Tod Loofbourrow, Lawrence Susskind, Denise Madigan and Wendy Rundle
Seven-party, multi-issue, scoreable negotiation among regulatory, environmental, tribal, local government, and industry representatives to choose criteria for selecting a low-level radioactive waste disposal site
Role Simulation
Environment and Sustainability Negotiation Role-Play:

Radwaste II

Tod Loofbourrow, Lawrence Susskind, Denise Madigan and Wendy Rundle
Six-party, multi-issue negotiation among state and local government, enviromental, and industry representatives to select one of three sites for low-level radioactive waste disposal
Role Simulation
Consumer Dispute Negotiation Role-Play:

Rosenberg v. Lincoln Landscaping

Pat Aaron
Three-person small claims mediation between a landscaping company and its client over a disputed bill and quality of service
Role Simulation
International Relations Negotiation Role-Play:

Smithfield v. Rudfurd's Home Repairs

Pat Aaron
Three-person small claims mediation between a homeowner and repair company regarding unfinished roof repair
Role Simulation
Values-based / Identity-based Dispute Negotiation Role-Play:

Springfield OutFest

Kate Harvey and David Kovick, under the supervision of Lawrence Susskind and Jennifer Brown
This is a six-person, non-scorable negotiation simulation focused on mediating values-based legal disputes, specifically disputes involving conflicting views and values regarding homosexuality and religious faith.
Role Simulation
International Relations Negotiation Role-Play:

St. Francis Hospital and the Managed Medical Model

Patricia Moore and Lawrence Susskind
Five-party, four-issue negotiation among representatives for a financially struggling hospital's administrators, doctors, and nurses over budget priorities and expanded application of the managed medical model
Role Simulation
Family Negotiation Role-Play:

Stakes of Engagement, The

Nicholas Sabin
Two-party, multi-issue, scoreable negotiation regarding a prenuptial agreement, calling for a balance of substantive and relationship concerns
Role Simulation
Public Dispute Negotiation Role-Play:

Summitville Service Agreement

Patrick Field and Tracy Dyke
A two-team (four-party), co-mediated, multi-issue negotiation simulation involving a bitter property tax dispute between a small town and an Indian band living on a nearby reservation
Role Simulation
Law / Courts Negotiation Role-Play:

Super Slipster

Matt Smith under the supervision of Robert C. Bordone, with revisions by Michael Moffitt
Two-party personal injury settlement negotiation between the attorney for the injured plaintiff and general counsel for the defendant toy manufacturing company
Role Simulation
Business and Commercial Dispute Negotiation Role-Play:

Technology Equipment Partners

Tracey Brenner, under the supervision of Lawrence Susskind
Two-team, six-party, four-issue negotiation between representatives of two corporations setting up a simultaneous high-tech joint venture and purchasing agreement
Role Simulation
Technology Negotiation Role-Play:

Telecom Services

Beth Doherty under the supervision of Lawrence Susskind
Two-party, two-issue, integrative, scoreable negotiation over the terms of a telecommunications services contract
Role Simulation
Business and Commercial Dispute Negotiation Role-Play:

Terminal Lighting Problems

Marjorie Corman Aaron and JAMS/ Endispute
Two-party integrative negotiation between a contractor and an airport client regarding the delayed installation of lighting fixtures
Role Simulation
Business and Commercial Dispute Negotiation Role-Play:

Theotis Wiley

Jake Erhard, under the supervision of Robert Bordone
Two-party integrative negotiation between agents for a basketball player and a shoe manufacturer over a possible sneaker endorsement deal
Role Simulation
Game Theory and Negotiation Analytics Role-Play:

Three-Party Coalition Exercise

Lawrence Susskind
Short three-party scoreable negotiation among representatives of three organizations over the integrative and distributive aspects of a possible 2- or 3-party coalition
Role Simulation
William Ury, Ibrahim Ibrahim and Roger Fisher
Three-team, multi-issue mediation involving two or more representatives each of the country of Tulia, the country of Ibad, and the Organization of African Unity (O.A.U.) regarding a cease-fire between the two warring countries
Role Simulation
Law / Courts Negotiation Role-Play:

United States v. Dunlop

Dan Vogel, under the supervision of Robert Bordone
Four-person, three-issue, two-round between U.S. prosecutors, an executive charged with securities fraud, and defense counsel over the terms of a possible plea bargain; attorney-client interviews are followed by a plea bargain negotiation
Role Simulation
International Relations Negotiation Role-Play:

Welding Connection

Marjorie Corman Aaron and Jim Lawrence
Four-person grievance mediation among counsel for a welding company, a union representative, and a discharged employee over the legitimacy of the discharge, which was based on a positive drug test
Role Simulation
Community Dispute Negotiation Role-Play:

WestvilleMediation Strategies in Community Planning

John Forester and David Stitzel
Three-person, three-issue, integrative, scoreable mediation among representatives of a homelessness task force and a neighborhood group, mediated by a planning department representative, over the terms of a proposed homeless shelter in their suburban town
Role Simulation
Business and Commercial Dispute Negotiation Role-Play:

What To Do With Hexiglass?

Beth Doherty and Hal Movius
3-player, non-scoreable game designed to teach the benefits of managing communication and trust in the context of a technology negotiation.
Role Simulation
Health / Medicine / Pharmaceutical Negotiation Role-Play:

Williams Medical Center

Eileen Babbitt and Lawrence Susskind
Five-party negotiation among representatives of pharmacists, physicians, nurses, and administrators to develop recommended changes to the drug prescription policy of a large metropolitan teaching hospital
Role Simulation
Values-based / Identity-based Dispute Negotiation Role-Play:

Williams v. Northville

Kate Harvey and David Kovick, under the supervision of Lawrence Susskind and Jennifer Brown
5-person, non-scorable mediation between a school principal and a parent (with attorneys) regarding a values-based dispute over classroom discussions and materials addressing same-sex couples and their families
Role Simulation
Game Theory and Negotiation Analytics Role-Play:

Win As Much WATER As You Can!

Catherine Ashcraft
Four-person, scoreable, prisoner’s dilemma game where players decide how to handle low water levels in 10 quick rounds; an adaptation of the case “Win As Much As You Can.”
Role Simulation
Business and Commercial Dispute Negotiation Role-Play:

Wintertime in Winterville

Jonathan Raab, Sarah McKearnan, Jan Martinez, and Michele Ferenz
Four-party negotiation among a federal building manager, the building contracting officer, a local employment agency, and a nonprofit organization regarding the renewal of a janitorial services contract in the context of past service problems
Role Simulation
Steven Maser
Five- or six-person, multi-issue, facilitated negotiation among federal agency, state government, environmental, and industry representatives over the regulation of woodstove emissions; optional sixth role for industry association counsel
Role Simulation
International Relations Negotiation Role-Play:

World Trade Center Redevelopment Negotiation

Lawrence Susskind, Katherine Harvey, David Kovick, F. Peter Phillips, Marc Wolinsky, Cathy Cronin Harris, and Simeon Baum
Six-person facilitated negotiation among representatives of the city, state, developer, insurer, and victims' families regarding the redevelopment of the World Trade Center site following the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks

Books

original
Book
Program on Negotiation faculty member and Harvard Business School professor Michael Wheeler brings you a new, next-generation approach to negotiation. Michael Wheeler’s new book, The Art of Negotiation, demonstrates that the best negotiators are adept at managing chaos and uncertainty and rarely trap themselves with rigid plans and entrenched positions. Understanding that negotiation is a process of joint exploration that requires continual learning, adaptation, and social awareness. A master negotiator’s grasp of these concepts gives her the ability to reach agreements where others would face impasse.
original
Book

Shafiqul Islam and Lawrence E. Susskind

In this book, the authors show how open and constantly changing water networks can be managed successfully using collaborative adaptive techniques to build informed agreements among disciplinary experts, water users with conflicting interests, and governmental bodies with countervailing claims.

Case Studies & Articles

A 27-page handbook designed to introduce high school students to problem-solving, interest-based negotiation

The Great Negotiator Collection

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