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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
• Serve the mission of PON's consortium schools
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
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
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