Max H. Bazerman

Jesse Isidor Straus Professor of Business Administration

Max H. Bazerman is Jesse Isidor Straus Professor of Business Administration at the Harvard Business School and the Co-Director of the Center for Public Leadership at the Harvard Kennedy School. 

Max's research focuses on decision making, negotiation, and ethics. He is the author, co-author, or co-editor of twenty books (including The Power of Noticing, Simon and Schuster, 2014; and Blind Spots [with Ann Tenbrunsel], Princeton University Press, 2011) and over 200 research articles and chapters. He is a member of the editorial boards of the American Behavioral Scientist, Journal of Management and Governance, Mind and Society, Negotiations and Conflict Management Research, Psychological and Personality Science, and The Journal of Behavioral Finance. Also, he is a member of the international advisory board of the Negotiation Journal.

From 2002-2011, Max was consistently named one of the top 40 authors, speakers, and teachers of management by Executive Excellence. He was named "Teacher of the Year" by the Executive Masters Program of the Kellogg School. In 2003, Max received the Everett Mendelsohn Excellence in Mentoring Award from Harvard University's Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. In 2006, Max received an honorary doctorate from the University of London (London Business School), the Kulp-Wright Book Award from the American Risk and Insurance Association for Predictable Surprises (with Michael Watkins), and the Life Achievement Award from the Aspen Institute's Business and Society Program. In 2008, Max was named as Ethisphere's 100 Most Influential in Business Ethics, was named one of Daily Kos' Heroes from the Bush Era for going public about how the Bush Administration corrupted the RICO Tobacco trial, (with Deepak Malhotra) received the International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution (CPR) Outstanding Book Award for Negotiation Genius, and received the Distinguished Educator Award from the Academy of Management. In 2014, Max received the Academy of Management Career Award for Scholarly Contributions to Management.

Max was named the Harvard Kennedy School’s Advisory of the Year in 2014. In 2009, Max won both the Wyss Award for doctoral student mentoring and the Williams Award for teaching excellence at the Harvard Business School.  His former doctoral students have accepted positions at leading business schools throughout the United States, including the Kellogg School at Northwestern, the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, the Fuqua School at Duke, the Johnson School at Cornell, Carnegie-Mellon University, Stanford University, the University of Chicago, Notre Dame, Columbia, and the Harvard Business School.

His professional activities include projects with Abbott, Aetna, AIG, Alcar, Alcoa, Allstate, Ameritech, Amgen, Apax Partners, Asian Development Bank, AstraZeneca, AT&T, Aventis, BASF, Bayer, Becton Dickenson, Biogen, Boston Scientific, BP, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Business Week, Celtic Insurance, Chevron, Chicago Tribune, City of Chicago, and additional companies that start with letters between D and Z.  Max's consulting, teaching, and lecturing includes work in 30 countries.  Details are available at www.people.hbs.edu/mbazerman.

  1. Received Honorable Mention for the 2013 Robert B. Cialdini Award from the Society for Personality and Social Psychology for “Signing at the Beginning Makes Ethics Salient and Decreases Dishonest Self-reports in Comparison to Signing at the End” with Lisa Shu, Nina Mazar, Francesca Gino, and Dan Ariely (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 2012).

  2. Winner of the Silver Medal in the Business Ethics category of the 2012 Axiom Business Book Awards from the Jenkins Group, Inc. for Blind Spots: Why We Fail to Do What's Right and What to Do about It with Ann E. Tenbrunsel (Princeton University Press, 2011).

  3. Received the 2008 Distinguished Educator Award from the Academy of Management.

  4. Named as one of Ethisphere's 100 Most Influential People in Business Ethics in 2008.

  5. Won the 2008 International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution Outstanding Book Award with Deepak Malhotra for Negotiation Genius (Bantam Books, 2007).

  6. Winner of the 2006 Kulp-Wright Book Award for Predictable Surprises (with Michael D. Watkins, Harvard Business School Press, 2004), presented by the American Risk and Insurance Association for the book considered to be the most influential text published on the economics of risk management and insurance.

  7. Winner of the 2006 Faculty Pioneers Life Achievement Award from the Aspen Institute's Business and Society Program.

  8. Received an honorary doctorate from the University of London (London Business School) in 2006.

  9. Named Advisor of the Year by the Harvard Kennedy School of Government Graduating Class of 2014.

  10. Winner of the 2014 Academy of Management Distinguished Award for Scholarly Contributions to Management.