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Whisper, "Here's My Contact Information; Don't Accept Anything Until We've Talked."

by Michael Moffitt
April 2015

Indisputably

Michael Moffitt

In this morning’s Chronicle of Higher Education, an article entitled “Time to Change the Rules of Negotiation,” focusing on entry-level employment negotiations, what’s negotiable, what’s reasonable, and what’s not. The most provocative passage is:

In my ideal world, hiring officials would begin showing their hand so that candidates could craft the best possible deal. But until that happens, we need a different approach. Rather than relying on the candidate’s own wits or on the kindness of the hiring committee, I’d like to call on the applicant’s future colleagues to play a more active role in the negotiation process. We all know information is power, so imagine how much better candidates could do with a better sense of what’s possible.

During the interview process, pull candidates aside and whisper, “Here’s my contact information; don’t accept anything until we’ve talked.” And when the talk occurs, be honest about reasonable salaries and other components of compensation. Engage in straight talk about what’s negotiable — and what’s not.

Andrea, lots in here related to some of your research, and I’m guessing you’d have much to say about the authors’ conclusions and recommendations.

Biography


Michael Moffitt is the Dean for University of Oregon School of Law, Orlando J. and Marian H. Hollis Professor of Law, and Associate Director, ADR Center. 

Before joining the Oregon law faculty in 2001, Michael Moffitt served as the clinical supervisor for the mediation program at Harvard Law School and taught negotiation at Harvard Law School and at the Ohio State University College of Law. Following a federal judicial clerkship, he spent several years with Conflict Management Group, consulting on negotiation and dispute resolution projects around the world. Professor Moffitt has published more than twenty scholarly articles on mediation, negotiation, and civil procedure. He co-edited The Handbook of Dispute Resolution (Jossey-Bass, 2005), an award-winning compilation of 31 original chapters by leading scholars and practitioners in the field. He also co-authored the innovative, student-focused book, Dispute Resolution: Examples & Explanations (Aspen 2008). The Provost of the University of Oregon named Professor Moffitt in the first group of recipients of a five-year award from the Oregon Fund for Faculty Excellence. The Oregon law school faculty awarded Professor Moffitt with the law school's Orlando J. Hollis Faculty Teaching Award. He is also the recipient of the University's Ersted Award for Distinguished Teaching. He is a devoted but mediocre snowboarder, an aggressive tennis player, and an avid wine taster. He spends most of his energy in a futile effort to keep up with his daughters.



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