Lab Directors


Alison Wood Brooks

Assistant Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School

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"I am fascinated by the psychology of conversation, and how conversation influences interpersonal perception and outcomes. In my research, I explore the effectiveness of many conversational tactics such as apologies, jokes, backhanded compliments, emotional labels, advice, and questions. I find that people make systematic errors of commission and omission in their conversations -- we often say things we shouldn't, and don't say things we should. By identifying and correcting these errors, we can become more creative, successful, and happy at work and at home."

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Jared Curhan

Sloan Distinguished Professor of Organizational Studies, MIT Sloan School of Management

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Jared studies precursors, processes, and long-term consequences of subjective value in negotiation. Subjective value refers to social, emotional, and perceptual outcomes, as contrasted with objective value, which refers to the terms of the deal.  Jared also studies the dynamics of negotiation and brainstorming.

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Julia Minson

Assistant Professor of Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School

"I am interested in how people engage with (or avoid) opposing views on important issues. To this end I have developed a scale of receptiveness to opposing views and examined how the mindset that individuals hold with respect to disagreement affects their behaviors and beliefs."

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Faculty Members


Max Bazerman

Jesse Isidor Strauss Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School

 

Max has studied negotiator cognition for a very long period of time. He is currently working on how to use the final offer arbitration challenge to make the other side more reasonable.

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John Beshears

Assistant Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School

Hannah Riley Bowles

Senior Lecturer, Harvard Kennedy School

"My primary research area is behavioral economics, the field that combines insights from psychology and economics to explore individual decision making and market outcomes. I focus on understanding how the financial decisions of households and firms are influenced by the institutional environment in which choices are made."

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"Most of my research relates to gender in negotiation, with a particular emphasis on career-related negotiations."

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John Carroll

Gordon Kaufman Professor of Management, MIT Sloan School of Management

Florrie Darwin

Lecturer on Law, Harvard Law School

Katy DeCelles

Associate Professor, Rotman School of Management and Harvard Business School

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"I am interested in how people with different professional backgrounds and experiences understand the causes of accidents and develop interventions to improve organizations.  This is exemplified in the work of incident investigation teams in various industries, who are essentially negotiating their reality around safety management."

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"Negotiating with and learning about negotiation from canine companions."

"I study conflict, aggression, and emotion in organizations."

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Christine Exley

Assistant Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School

Francesca Gino

Tandon Family Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School

Leslie John

Assistant Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School

In recent work, Christine investigates the selection of men and women into negotiations and whether "leaning in" leads to better financial returns. More broadly, Christine focuses on how behavioral motives influence decisions.

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“I am interested in the psychology explaining our decisions, and the many systematic errors we make in our judgments. Such errors, my research finds, can derail negotiations, make conflicts worse, and lower the quality of our interactions with others. In addition to pointing at problems when it comes to decision making, my research also identifies strategies that can effectively fix them."

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Professor John's research centers on how consumers' behavior and lives are influenced by their interactions with firms and with public policy.

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Deepak Malhotra

Eli Goldston Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School

Mike Norton

Harold M. Brierley Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School

Guhan Subramanian

Professor, Harvard Law School / Harvard Business School

"I’m currently working on issues related to gun violence, protracted ethno-political conflicts, and negotiations that seem hopeless. My new book is at www.NegotiatingTheImpossible.com."

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"Avoiding answering questions by engaging in dodging and paltering."

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"I am interested in deal process design, auctions, and corporate transactions."

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Student Members




Hayley Blunden

Doctoral Student in OB, Harvard Business School

Brad DeWees

Doctoral Student, Harvard Kennedy School

Grant Donnelly

Doctoral Student in Marketing, Harvard Business School

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Hayley Blunden studies the dynamics of interpersonal communication and how the communication strategies employees choose impact their work performance and experiences. She is also interested in virtual work and its consequences for work life, diversity and teamwork.

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"I'm interested in questions that deal with how people collaborate.  Specifically, I research the sources of friction that influence an idea's transfer from one person to another."

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"I study impression management."

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Erik Duhaime

Ph.D. candidate, MIT Sloan School of Management

Oliver Hauser

Postdoctoral Fellow, Harvard Business School

Karen Huang

Doctoral Student, Harvard Business School

Erik is a behavioral researcher who focuses primarily on decision making in group contexts. Among other things, his research includes projects on when and why people cooperate, and on strategies for mitigating polarization.

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"My research looks at cooperation and perceptions of justice and fairness in organisations. For example, I ask, what makes employees work hard and work together? How do managers negotiate paying their employees fairly while keeping competition and cooperation alive? My research combines game theoretical and behavioural experiments in the lab with field experiments in organisations, charities, and governments."

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Karen's research focuses on negotiation and conflict management, and she is particularly interested in studying how to structure productive discourse over moral issues.


Martha Jeong

Doctoral Student, Harvard Business School

Masha Ksendzova

Doctoral Student in Marketing, Questrom School of Business, Boston University

Jenn Logg

Post-Doctoral Fellow, Harvard Business School

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"I am interested in how we perceive and evaluate people in decision-making roles.  How does knowing the process by which a decision is made affect our judgments of the quality of the decision and decision-maker?"

"I study financial decision-making, valuation under uncertainty, and people's subjective assessment of their prosocial impact."

"I study how people can improve the accuracy of their judgments.  Specifically, when are people are most likely to leverage the power of algorithms to improve their accuracy?  I am interested in lay theories about algorithmic judgment and how it differs from human judgment, what I call “theory of machine."

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Taylor Moulton

Ph.D. student, MIT Sloan School of Management

Ovul Sezer

Ph.D. Candidate, Harvard Business School

Sam Skowronek

Harvard Kennedy School

In his negotiations research, Taylor investigates the interactions between personalities, power, and objective performance. His current research also includes exploring the micro-mechanisms building or eroding subjective value in negotiations and their influence on outcomes. In particular, he is interested in studying the importance of timing in negotiated agreements.

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"In my research, I focus on self-presentation and the behaviors used to convey specific information about or an image of oneself to others. I study how people present themselves to others and whether these attempts are successful in social interactions."

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I research the effects of engaging in a persuasive communication on the speaker.

Elizabeth Baily Wolfe

Doctoral Candidate in OB, Harvard Business School

Mike Yeomans

Postdoctoral Fellow, Economics, Harvard University

 
 

I study how individuals' emotional expressions can influence the inferences, behaviors, and decisions of observers in tense interpersonal situations such as evaluations and negotiations.

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Interests: Natural Language Processing

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