The Art and Science of Negotiation

Diagram of the seven-elements framework for negotiation.

The seven-elements framework for negotiation, developed by Roger Fisher, is one of the topics discussed in the course. (Image by Prof. David Laws.)


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Spring 2006



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This course provides an introduction to bargaining and negotiation in public, business, and legal settings. It combines a "hands-on" skill-building orientation with a look at pertinent social theory. Strategy, communications, ethics, and institutional influences are examined as they influence the ability of actors to analyze problems, negotiate agreements, and resolve disputes in social, organizational, and political circumstances characterized by interdependent interests.

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David Laws. 11.011 The Art and Science of Negotiation. Spring 2006. Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare, License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA.

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