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The Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School

513 Pound Hall
Cambridge, MA 02138
tel (617) 495-1684
fax (617) 495-7818
Chair - Professor Robert H. Mnookin, Harvard Law School
Vice-Chair, Education - Professor Lawrence Susskind, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Vice-Chair, Practice - Professor James Sebenius, Harvard Business School
Vice-Chair, Research - Professor Max Bazerman, Harvard Business School
Member Chair - Professor Frank E. A. Sander, Harvard Law School
Member - Professor Guhan Subramanian, Harvard Law School

The Program on Negotiation was the first, and remains the foremost, interdisciplinary research center on negotiation in the world. Drawing from numerous fields of study, including law, business, government, psychology, economics, anthropology, and education, PON works to connect rigorous research and scholarship with an understanding of practice. Founded and based at Harvard Law School, PON is a consortium of faculty, students, and staff at Harvard University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Tufts University.

The Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School is an applied research center committed to improving the theory and practice of negotiation and dispute resolution.

Mission: Founded in 1983 and based at Harvard Law School, PON is an interuniversity consortium involving faculty, graduate students, and administrative staff from a range of disciplines and professional schools at Harvard University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Tufts University.

In all projects and activities, PON focuses on creating innovative ways to:

  Serve the mission of PON's consortium schools
   to provide comprehensive and enlightened
   training and prepare graduates to assume a
   leadership role in the world community

  Encourage new thinking in negotiation theory

  Nurture the next generation of teachers and

  Provide a forum for the discussion of ideas and

  Increase public awareness of successful conflict
   resolution processes, and

  Connect the discussion of conflict resolution
   with current events and real-world contexts.

Overview of Projects and Programs

PON's intellectual foundation includes nine Research Projects, each focusing on dispute resolution theory through a different lens and context. These projects engage many disciplines, including law, business, government, psychology, economics, anthropology, and education.

PON Initiatives provide support to faculty members to collaborate in exploring themes relevant to the field of negotiation and conflict management. Each initiative includes activities that involve additional PON faculty and act as catalysts for continued scholarship and research.

Central to PON's mission is mentoring and partnering with students. Educational programs for students include graduate-level courses and seminars at Harvard Law School. Students also contribute to the Harvard Negotiation Law Review, work as research and teaching assistants, participate in working groups and committees, and help organize conferences, film series, and other events. The Dispute Resolution Directory, an on-line resource hosted by PON, provides area students with an up-to-date listing of academic opportunities and internships focusing on alternative dispute resolution.

To foster the next generation of scholars, PON offers support for Graduate Research Fellows and visiting scholars. Next Generation Grants support research in negotiation by non-tenured faculty and doctoral students within the interuniversity consortium.

For educators, scholars, and practitioners, PON publishes a wide range of negotiation teaching materials, including books, role simulations, videos, curricula, and working papers-available through the Clearinghouse, the resource center for negotiation education (www.pon.org).

PON is among the world's preeminent executive negotiation training institutions. Thousands of professionals have learned to be better negotiators through PON's two- to three-day Executive Education Seminars. The Program of Instruction for Lawyers offers weeklong training workshops to improve negotiation and mediation skills.

PON Seminars, semester-length courses on negotiation and mediation, are open to participants from all disciplines and professional fields. These courses are designed to increase public awareness and understanding of successful conflict resolution efforts.

Throughout the year, PON hosts many public events on topics of negotiation and alternative dispute resolution. These activities are open to students, faculty, and interested individuals, and include talks, panel discussions, the monthly Dispute Resolution Forum, films, and brown-bag lunch discussions.

The Negotiation Journal is a quarterly publication with a multidisciplinary approach to dispute resolution; authors include lawyers, diplomats, politicians, executives, labor negotiators, psychologists, economists, and others.

The Negotiation Newsletter, jointly published by Harvard Business School Publishing and PON, is a monthly publication for executives and others. It offers concise information on applying leading-edge negotiation strategies to improve management, decision-making, and communication skills.

PON's Web site provides timely information about the Program's activities as a resource for scholars, professionals, and interested individuals around the world. Webcasts of several major events are downloadable from our archives, along with information about past events.

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