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G. Richard Shell

Thomas Gerrity Professor

Professor of Legal Studies and Business Ethics and Management

Chairperson, Legal Studies and Business Ethics Department

Research Interests: commercial arbitration, contracts, legal and political aspects of competitive strategy, negotiation, power and influence in organizations, the psychology of success

Links: CV, Personal Website

Contact Information

Address: 643 Jon M. Huntsman Hall, 3730 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
Email: shellric@wharton.upenn.edu
Office: (215) 898-9525

Overview

Education

JD, University of Virginia, BA, Princeton University

Recent Consulting

Negotiation and legal strategy advice for a variety of clients, including firms and individuals in the health care industry, financial services, high tech, family businesses, and investment banking; Designed and taught customized seminars in the United States and abroad for Google, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, General Electric, Johnson & Johnson, Merck & Co., Morgan Stanley, Citibank, Starwood Capital Group, Christie's, the United Food and Commercial Workers of America, and the World Economic Forum. Has addressed the Army War College, the Chief of Naval Operations' Senior Strategy Group, and both Army and Navy Special Operations forces. Has also worked closely with the FBI's Crisis Negotiation Unit.

Career and Recent Professional Awards; Teaching Awards

1999 Book Award for Excellence for Bargaining for Advantage, CPR Institute for Dispute Resolution; Junior Faculty Award for Excellence, American Business Law Association, 1989; Undergraduate Division Excellence in Teaching Award, 1990, 1991, 2005, 2006, 2009, 2012; Graduate Division Excellence in Teaching Award, 1993, 1994, 1995, 2009; Wharton Executive MBA Program Outstanding Teaching Award 1996; Miller-Sherrerd MBA Core Curriculum Teaching Award, 1996; Executive MBA (WEMBA) Teaching Award for Electives, 1996; WGA Core Curricular Cluster Award, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999

Academic Positions Held

Wharton: 1986-present (named Thomas Gerrity Professor, 2001; Chairperson, Legal Studies Department, 1995-2000; Pfizer Foundation Term Assistant Professor of Legal Studies, 1986-91). Previous appointment: Brandeis University. Visiting appointment: Harvard University School of Law; Harvard Program on Negotiation

Other Positions

Associate, Hill & Barlow, Boston; Law Clerk, United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, Boston; Account Executive and Market Researcher, J.R. Taft Corporation, Washington, DC; Social worker and housing relocation counselor, Washington, DC.

Research


Awards And Honors

  • Class of 1984 award for teacher with highest teaching evaluations in the MBA program, 2009
  • David W. Hauck Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, 2009
  • Center for Public Resources, Institute for Dispute Resolution's Book Award for Excellence for Bargaining for Advantage: Negotiation Strategies for Reasonable People (Penguin), 1999
  • Miller-Sherrerd MBA Core Curriculum Teaching Awards, 1997
  • Executive MBA Program Outstanding Teaching Award , 1996
  • Excellence in Teaching, 1995 Description
  • Excellence in Teaching, 1994 Description
  • Excellence in Teaching, 1993 Description
  • Excellence in Teaching, 1992
  • Undergraduate Division Excellence in Teaching Award, 1991

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Courses

Current

  • LGST206 - Negotiation and Conflict Resolution

    This course examines the art and science of negotiation, with additional emphasis on conflict resolution. Students will engage in a number of simulated negotiations ranging from simple one-issue transactions to multi-party joint ventures. Through these exercises and associated readings, students explore the basic theoretical models of bargaining and have an opportunity to test and improve their negotiation skills.

    LGST206409  ( Syllabus

    MGMT291409  ( Syllabus

    OPIM291409  ( Syllabus

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  • LGST206 - Negotiation and Conflict Resolution

    This course examines the art and science of negotiation, with additional emphasis on conflict resolution. Students will engage in a number of simulated negotiations ranging from simple one-issue transactions to multi-party joint ventures. Through these exercises and associated readings, students explore the basic theoretical models of bargaining and have an opportunity to test and improve their negotiation skills.

  • LGST227 - Literature of Success

    This course explores the history, literature, and philosophy of two age-old questions: what does it mean to be successful and how does one achieve this elusive goal? It surveys some of the classics of the "success" genre - from Benjamin Franklin's Autobiography in the 18th century to Dale Carnegie's How to Win Friends and Influence People and Marcus Buckingham's Now, Discover Your Strengths in the 20th and 21st centuries. Case studies of remarkable achievements in business and society and Arthur Miller's play Death of a Salesman provide additional contexts within which to reflect on the questions at the center of the course. Students will keep a personal journal and use web-based tools to examine their own character strengths, talents, and achievement orientations. Grading is based on class attendance and participation, reading response papers, personal journals on assigned topics involving self reflection, a mid-term paper on an assigned research subject related to success, and a final, longer paper exploring, based on course readings and original research, each students personal philosophy of success. No final exam.

  • LGST612 - Responsibility in Professional Services

    This course uses a professional services context to introduce students to important ethical and legal challenges they will face as leaders in such fields as financial services, health care, real estate, and consulting. However, the scope is not limited to these contexts and will be equally useful to students preparing for any managerial position that is likely to place them in advisory and/or agency roles owing duties to employers, clients, suppliers, and customers. Although coverage will vary depending on instructor, the focus of the course will be on developing skills in ethical and legal analyses that can assist managers as they make both individual-level and firm-level decisions about the responsible courses of action when duties, loyalties, rules, norms, and interests are in conflict. For example, the rules of insider trading may form the basis for lessons in some sections.

    Group assignments, role-plays, and case studies may, at the instructor's discretion, be used to help illustrate the basic theoretical frameworks. The type of thematic question the course may address is whether management can or should be considered a "profession" in the ways that law and medicine are. In some sections, students will form "industry groups" representing different service sectors. These groups will research and present critiques of existing ethical codes as well as draft their own individual "personal codes of conduct" based on course materials and industry norms, as well as personal and/or religious values

    Format: class participation, quiz, group report, and final paper. Materials: coursepack. Prerequisites: none.