Gender in Decision Making and Negotiation

Gender in Decision Making and Negotiation

The Gender in Decision Making and Negotiation area examines gender differences in decision making and negotiation and identifies skills and procedures that help people become better, more gender intelligent decision makers and negotiators. The goal is to create a more level playing field where society and organizations can benefit from both women’s and men’s talent, intellect and perspectives.

Current research initiatives focus on gender diversity nudges, the impact of critical mass on decision making, the effects of the economic crisis on discrimination and the interplay between culture and gender in affecting people’s willingness to trust in the Middle East.

Our work is part of the focal area on decision making at Harvard Kennedy School. This area consists of the Harvard Decision Science Laboratory, various degree and executive program courses on decision making and negotiation, a special track on decision making in the public policy doctoral program, and diverse collaborations with the Program on Negotiation (PON) at Harvard Law School, including a regular joint conference on gender in negotiation.



Gender in Decision Making and Negotiation

Fall 2008

The October 2008 issue of Negotiation Journal is, for the first time, dedicated to Gender and Negotiation, with Professors Iris Bohnet and Hannah Riley Bowles serving as guest editors. The articles are written for a mixed practitioner-academic audience to enable their use in negotiation trainings.


Conferences and Seminars

Gender in Decision Making and Negotiation October 2009
Chairs: Hannah Riley Bowles, Associate Professor of Public Policy, HKS, and Iris Bohnet, Professor of Public Policy, HKS; Director, Women and Public Policy Program