07 Aug 2014

Harvard Business School Professor Max Bazerman Honored by Academy of Management


BOSTON—Harvard Business School professor Max H. Bazerman, a renowned scholar in the field of applied behavioral psychology whose research focuses on decision making, negotiation, and ethics, received the 2014 Distinguished Scholarly Contributions to Management Award from the Academy of Management during its recent Annual Meeting in Philadelphia.

Max Bazerman
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The Academy cited Bazerman’s “significant and continuing contributions” to these fields and lauded him as a “brilliant, path-breaking, and prolific researcher,” noting that “the impact of his work has significantly affected multiple intellectual domains beyond management, including psychology, marketing, consumer behavior, economics, and education, among others.”

Bazerman, the Jesse Isador Straus Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School and co-director of the Center for Public Leadership at the Harvard Kennedy School, is the author, coauthor, or coeditor of 20 books and more than 200 research articles and chapters. His most recent book, The Power of Noticing: What the Best Leaders See (Simon & Schuster, 2014), provides a blueprint for enabling readers to teach themselves to see and judge information that others routinely fail to notice.

Previous books include Blind Spots: Why We Fail to Do What’s Right and What to Do about It (coauthored with Ann E. Tenbrunsel, Princeton University Press, 2011), which examines the way people overestimate their ability to do what is right and thus act unethically without intending to, and Negotiation Genius: How to Overcome Obstacles and Achieve Brilliant Results at the Bargaining Table and Beyond (cowritten with HBS professor Deepak Malhotra, Bantam Books, 2007), which explains how to prepare for and execute negotiations, whether for a multimillion-dollar corporate deal or an end-of-year salary negotiation. Predictable Surprises: The Disasters You Should Have Seen Coming and How to Prevent Them (coauthored by Michael Watkins, Harvard Business School Press, 2004 and 2008) explains the cognitive, organizational, and political biases that blind leaders in business and society.

Bazerman joined the Harvard Business School faculty in 2000 after serving as a Visiting Scholar. Before that, he was a professor at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. He is currently faculty chair of the HBS Executive Education programs Behavioral Economics and Changing the Game, which hones participants’ skills in negotiation and competitive decision making.

Among many other honors, Bazerman has received an honorary doctorate from the University of London (London Business School), the Life Achievement Award from the Aspen Institute’s Business and Society Program, and at Harvard Business School, the Hansjörg Wyss Award for mentoring doctoral students and the Charles M. Williams Award for excellence in teaching.

Bazerman earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School and a Ph.D. in organizational behavior from Carnegie Mellon University.


Jim Aisner

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