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Rethinking Negotiation Teaching-Istanbul Conference

  The second phase of this project took place October 14 - 17, 2009 in Istanbul, Turkey - straddling Europe and Asia it has been described by many as the crossroads of the East and the West.  With the support and facilities of Istanbul Bilgi University, the program began with a one day executive style training, primarily for Turkish professionals.  The lead trainers, Hamline Professor Ken Fox and Manon Schonewille, Executive Director of MS&D International were joined by an international team of coaches including: Habib Chamoun-Nicolás, Noam Ebner, Vivian Feng, and Hamline Professor Barbara McAdoo.

Scholars were given the option of observing the training or meeting in small groups with English speaking Turkish business owners organized by the Institute for Interfaith Dialog.  The dialogues took place at the leaders' place of business enabling participants to observe how everyday business discussions and commercial transactions are handled outside the tourist sites of Istanbul.  Among other things, the scholars explored how standard negotiation theory worked in practice in the Turkish (and Islamic) tradition.

The scholars then met for two and a half days to "field test" new content and pedagogy based on the lessons from Rome.  A special focus for Istanbul-peoplethis conference was on "adventure learning."  Once again, scholars were encouraged to form interdisciplinary and transnational teams for the purpose of writing a second round of articles and book chapters.  In addition, the scholars were asked to begin to develop concrete lesson plans, templates and tools to effectively bring the newest ideas from the contemporary multi-disciplinary science of negotiation into the classroom.


 venturing133x200Venturing Beyond the Classroom: Volume 2 in the Rethinking Negotiation Teaching series