Michael Wheeler

Michael Wheeler is an authority on negotiation theory and practice. He has taught negotiation and leadership to thousands of MBA and executive program participants at the Harvard Business School, where he holds the chair endowed by the HBS Class of 1952.

Wheeler has also helped lead the world-famous Program on Negotiation, the inter-university consortium based at the Harvard Law School. He currently is editor-in-chief of its Negotiation Journal. In addition, he is the author (or co-author) of ten books, including the The Art of Negotiation: How to Improvise Agreement in a Chaotic World, recently published by Simon & Schuster.

Among other his other books are, What’s Fair? Ethics for Negotiators (with Carrie Menkel-Meadow), Business Fundamentals in Negotiation, and On Teaching Negotiation. His text Environmental Dispute Resolution (with Lawrence Bacow) won the CPR-ADR’s annual award as the best book on negotiation. He has written numerous articles in both scholarly journals (among them, the Yale Journal of Regulation, the Harvard Negotiation Law Review, and The Journal of Applied Psychoanalytic Studies) and the public press, including The Harvard Business Review, The Atlantic Monthly and The New York Times.

He holds degrees from Amherst College, Boston University, and Harvard Law School, and was admitted to the Massachusetts bar in 1969. He has been a panelist for the American Arbitration Association, and has served as both a mediator and an arbitrator in a variety of business and regulatory disputes. He has advised corporate clients, trade organizations, and government agencies on negotiation issues in the United States and abroad. He is a founding member of the board of directors of Consensus Building Institute, a not-for-profit organization that facilitates resolution of public policy disputes throughout the world.

Prior to his appointment to the Harvard Business School faculty in 1993, Wheeler taught at MIT's Department of Urban Studies and Planning from 1981 to 1994, where he was Director of Research at MIT's Center for Real Estate Development. Previously he was Director of Education and Research at the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy and Professor of Law at New England Law. He has also been a Visiting Professor at the University of Colorado and the Politecnico di Torino, Italy. He has appeared extensively on television nationwide.

For the 2013-14 academic year he will maintain his HBS base, but also be a Visiting Professor at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government in the fall and MIT in the spring, teaching negotiation at both institutions.