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Education and Innovation

You will find the Werner Institute on the cutting edge of developing innovative approaches that reduce the costs of conflict and increase the opportunities for collaborative gain in the conduct of business, in relationships within and among organizations and communities, in the workplace, and in health care settings. The Werner Institute envisions a major role in helping the field of negotiation and dispute resolution make the quantum leap to the next level and training a new generation of practitioners and scholars in the field.


Among the goals and initiatives of the Werner Institute:


Strong emphasis on a systems approach. The Werner Institute is becoming a major center for the study and application of dispute systems design to organizations including corporations, courts, communities, and healthcare institutions.


Focus on preparation of leaders and emerging leaders in the field with specialized applications in areas of greatest need. Developing specialized expertise in healthcare, the workplace, and in global business relations.


Breaking new ground in the advancement of dialogue as a critical part of the field of conflict resolution. The Werner Institute seeks to be a leading regional and national center for dialogue, hosting people in productive, collaborative conversations to explore innovative ideas and insights on important issues.


Development of an executive program for leaders in business, law, healthcare, and the workplace. To provide leaders with cutting edge techniques and approaches in negotiation, conflict management, mediation, dispute systems design, and other valuable tools through short, intensive courses, conferences, and workshops.


Creation of an advanced, interdisciplinary curriculum leading to graduate certificates and masters degrees in the field of dispute resolution. Programs for graduate students in law, business, and the health professions as well as for mid-career professionals in a range of endeavors from corporate managers to lawyers, from human resources professionals to hospital administrators, and from educators to community leaders. Emphasis in these offerings will be on linking applied studies to specific career opportunities.


Facilitation of projects to design suitable systems within major enterprises and institutions for effectively responding to conflict. The Werner Institute will seek opportunities for assisting organizations with design of conflict management systems that will meet the needs of the organization and provide clinical and research opportunities for students in the applied study of negotiation and dispute resolution.