Schedule for the Tower of Babel Symposium

The University of Missouri’s symposium, Moving Negotiation Theory from the Tower of Babel Toward a World of Mutual Understanding, will take place on Friday, October 7, from 9 am to noon Central Time.

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We recently set the schedule for the symposium, as follows.

9 am – Definition and Scope of Negotiation – and Why Theory Matters to Practitioners, Scholars, Instructors and Students

Adrian Borbély, Rebecca Hollander-Blumoff, Sanda Kaufman, Roy J. Lewicki, Linda Putnam

10 am – Problems with Existing Theoretical Frameworks

Rishi Batra, Rafael Gely, Sanda Kaufman, David E. Matz, Andrea Schneider

11 am – Solutions for Theoretical Problems

Adrian Borbély, Noam Ebner, Rebecca Hollander-Blumoff, Chris Honeyman,
Linda Putnam

Click here for links to the bios of our amazing speakers.  I will moderate each of the sessions.

The symposium will be live-streamed and an unedited video will be posted soon after the symposium is completed.  About a week after the symposium, it will be replaced with edited videos.  Click here for the live-stream and videos.

You may want to encourage or require your students to watch all or part of the symposium.  To get the most out of the symposium, people should read this document ahead of time, including the blog posts listed there.  It provides some background for each session and a set of questions that we may discuss.  Speakers will not present papers but will engage in a lively discussion of issues described in this document.

Beyond this event, we hope that this symposium will provide continuing value for your teaching and scholarship for some time to come.  We conducted a virtual book club over the summer, with blog posts that summarize and discuss an impressive reading list that the speakers developed.

Unless you are very familiar with the literature on negotiation theory, including a range of recent publications, by reading most or all of the book club posts, you should learn a lot about this fundamental area of our field in a fairly short time.

In addition, we will publish a symposium issue of our Journal of Dispute Resolution with articles written by our speakers.

If you might be interested in contributing to scholarship on negotiation, the list of questions we developed should give you some good ideas of what you might want to write about.

We hope that you will enjoy this symposium and get a lot out of it.