As I have threatened, a few days ago, I sent emails individually nagging colleagues to send me their recent DR syllabi so that I can update the syllabus page on the DRLE website. Thanks so much to those who already responded. If I sent you an email and you haven’t responded yet – don’t make … Continue reading Please Send Me Your DR Syllabi by June 22
This post stimulated a conversation with Peter Benner about planned early dispute resolution (PEDR), beginning with the exchange of comments below. There are six additional posts in this conversation. At the end of each post, there is a link to the next post in the conversation. _______________________________________________________________ Early mediation is a waste of time. This … Continue reading Planning is Critically Important for Early Dispute Resolution
I can’t resist commenting on Andrea’s lighthearted post showing a sign at a Starbuck’s with President John F. Kennedy’s famous statement, “Let us never negotiate out of fear. But let us never fear to negotiate!” This reminds me of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s statement, “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” I … Continue reading Fear and Negotiation
A short piece in the New York Times by Harvard economists and Yale psychologists has a suggestion that may surprise you – or maybe not – about people’s motivation to cooperate. The authors focus on the “tragedy of the commons” which is the situation “where individuals acting independently and rationally according to each’s self-interest behave … Continue reading Why Cooperate?
If you are sick and tired of hearing me sing the praises of multi-stage simulations (MSS) and don’t want to see any data about it, read no further. Some Background Before I start singing, let me provide some background. I started using MSSs when I began teaching negotiation several years ago. Related to my research … Continue reading Great Value of Students Playing Clients in Multi-Stage Simulations
Apropros of Art’s post about Jean Sternlight’s speech accepting the scholarship award, here is a picture of Jean’s family and the Saltman Center family.
The Interagency Alternative Dispute Resolution Working Group has redesigned its website. The newly redesigned website includes many useful resources, including: A newly created directory of federal ADR programs and contacts; A second edition of the popular Electronic Guide to Federal Procurement; A listing of upcoming ADR events; and Access to recordings from previous ADR events
You may have heard the instructor’s line that he would teach for free – but he gets paid to grade. I suspect that for most faculty, grading is one of their least favorite activities. It’s right up there with chairing committees, root canal surgery, and watching 1000s of nasty campaign ads right before an election. … Continue reading Shocking News: I’m Enjoying Grading
Pop quiz: Which is scientific data – statement A or B? A. “If I act for the Big Bad Wolf against Little Red Riding Hood and I don’t want this dispute resolved, I want to tie it up as long as I possibly can, and mandatory mediation is custom made. I can waste more time, … Continue reading What Me – A Social Scientist?
I love the cookbook that Andrea and 1001 chefs wrote, Cooking Up a Deal: Negotiation Recipes for Success. It’s a wonderfully short and fun piece to assign for the last day of class. For the final class in several courses, I ask students to develop their own personal recipes and then we will develop a … Continue reading Recipes for Success
You have probably heard the saying, “Today is the first day of the rest of your life.” It suggests that everyone can make changes in their lives regardless of any changes in their circumstances (or lack thereof). My circumstances are changing. Yesterday was my last day of teaching classes as a full-time faculty member. I … Continue reading The First Day of the Rest of My Life
Here’s a mug shot of this motley crew when I caught up with them in 2011. And here’s one of them (yikes, us) last week (sans Paul, Jen, and yours truly). As you can see, they are sharper and better lubricated now.