G. Richard Shell

G. Richard Shell
  • Thomas Gerrity Professor
  • Professor of Legal Studies & Business Ethics and Management
  • Chairperson: Legal Studies & Business Ethics Department

Contact Information

  • office Address:

    643 Jon M. Huntsman Hall
    3730 Walnut Street
    Philadelphia, PA 19104

Research Interests: negotiation, persuasion, influence, moral psychology, positive psychology, personal and professional achievement, legal and political aspects of competitive strategy

Links: CV, Personal Website

Overview

Education

JD with Honors, University of Virginia; BA with Honors, Princeton University.

Recent Consulting

Negotiation, personal/leadership development, and legal strategy advice for a variety of clients, including firms and individuals in the health care industry, higher education, financial services, tech, family businesses, and finance.  Designed and taught customized seminars in the United States and abroad for Google, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, Enterprise Rent-a-Car, General Electric, Johnson & Johnson, Merck & Co., Morgan Stanley, Citigroup, Starwood Capital Group, Christie’s Auction House, the World Economic Forum, and the United Food and Commercial Workers International labor union. Has addressed the American Bankers Association, Army War College, 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

2013 Business Book of the Year and Personal Development Book of the Year Awards for Springboard: Launching Your Personal Search for Success; 1999 Book Award for Excellence for Bargaining for Advantage: Negotiation Strategies for Reasonable People; Wharton Hauck Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching (highest undergraduate teaching award), 2009; Wharton Undergraduate Excellence in Teaching Award (top 10 teachers by course evaluations): 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2012, 2009, 2006, 2005, 1991, 1990; Wharton MBA Class of 1984 Teaching Award (highest MBA teaching award), 2009; Wharton MBA Excellence in Teaching Award (top 8 teachers by course evaluations), 2017, 2009, 1995, 1994, 1993; Wharton MBA Teaching Award for “Going Above and Beyond” in educational dedication and innovation in the Core Curriculum, 2016, 2017; Wharton Executive MBA Program Outstanding Teaching Award 1996; Miller-Sherrerd MBA Core Curriculum Teaching Award, 1996; Executive MBA Teaching Award for Electives, 1996; Wharton MBA Core Curricular Cluster Award, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999.

Academic Positions Held

Professor of Legal Studies and Business Ethics, the Wharton School: 1986-present. Named Thomas Gerrity Professor, 2001; Chairperson, Legal Studies and Business Ethics Department, 1995-2000 and 2010-Present; Pfizer Foundation Term Assistant Professor of Legal Studies, 1986-91. Previous academic appointments: Lecturer in Legal Studies Program, Brandeis University. Visiting Scholar, Harvard School of Law, Harvard Program on Negotiation.

Other Positions

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

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Research

General research interests include the psychology of achievement, psychology of happiness, and philosophy of success; moral psychology; negotiation tactics and strategy, the art and science of persuasion, and effective interpersonal influence. Current Projects: researching the neuroscience and psychology of belief states and their roles in negotiation, persuasion, and influence.  Investigating culture as a variable in global conflicts and negotiations. Researching moral psychology, behavioral ethics, and responsible leadership.

Teaching

Teach courses for undergraduates and MBA students on the Literature of Success, Negotiations and Conflict Management, and Responsibility in Business.

Past Courses

  • LGST101 - LAW AND SOCIAL VALUES

    This course presents law as an evolving social institution, with special emphasis on the legal regulation of business in the context of social values. It considers basic concepts of law and legal process, in the U.S. and other legal systems, and introduces the fundamentals of rigorous legal analysis. An in-depth examination of contract law is included.

  • LGST202 - LAW OF CORP MGMT & FNCE

    This course provides an introduction to the law of corporate management and finance, focusing on large publicly held corporations. It is presented from the perspective that before too long virtually all students will serve on one or more corporate boards of directors and that each should, therefore, know about the duties owed by directors and officers to those toward whom they bear a fiduciary duty. The course covers the basic obligations of corporate directors and managers under state corporate law and the federal securities laws. It also considers the rights and responsibilities of other major stake holders in the governance of public corporations, including shareholders, creditors/bondholders, employees (including corporate executives), investment bankers, corporate lawyers, and accountants. Particular attention is given to the law of mergers and acquisitions. Important issues of social policy concerning large business corporations are also discussed.

  • LGST206 - NEGOTIATION/CONFLICT RES

    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.

  • LGST299 - SEMINAR IN LAW & SOCIETY

    A study of the nature, functions, and limits of law as an agency of societal policy. Each semester an area of substantive law is studied for the purpose of examining the relationship between legal norms developed and developing in the area and societal problems and needs.

  • LGST612 - RESPONSIBILITY IN BUS.

    This course introduces students to important ethical and legal challenges they will face as leaders in business. The course materials will be useful to students preparing for managerial positions that are 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. Course materials will highlight industry codes and professional norms, as well as the importance of personal and/or religious values. Format: class participation, quiz, group report, and final paper or exam. Materials: coursepack. Prerequisites: none.

  • LGST806 - NEGOTIATIONS

    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. Cross-listed with MGMT 691/OPIM 691. Format: Lecture, class discussion, simulation/role play, and video demonstrations. Materials: Textbook and course pack.

  • LGST813 - LEG ASP ENTREPRENRSHP

    Legal and Transactional Aspects of Entrepreneurship is a practical and intensive course that examines the critical legal and transactional issues confronting start-up and emerging growth companies. Although the context of the course is early stage companies, many of the concepts studied are equally applicable to more mature, established companies. The course provides perspective on how to use the law strategically to manage risk, deploy resources and maximize shareholder value. Topics include the enforceability of confidentiality, non-competition and other restrictive covenants in employment agreements; choice of business form including the legal, financial and tax advantages and disadvantages of general partnerships, limited partnerships, corporations and limited liability companies; tax and securities law; legal aspects of raising capital including structuring venture capital and private equity financing; entrepreneurial acquisition structures, employment law, and intellectual property law including trade secrets, copyrights, patents, and trademarks. Format: Lecture and discussion with coverage of legal cases and materials. Requirements: Class participation, midterm and final exam. Materials: Course pack.

  • MGMT291 - NEGOTIATIONS

    This course includes not only conflict resolution but techniques which help manage and even encourage the valuable aspects of conflict. The central issues of this course deal with understanding the behavior of individuals, groups, and organizations in conflict management situations. The purpose of this course is to understand the theory and processes of negotiations as it is practiced ina variety of settings. The course is designed to be relevant to the broad specturm of problems that are faced by the manager and professional including management of multinationals, ethical issues, and alternative dispute resolutions. Cross listed w/ LGST 206 & OPIM 291.

  • MGMT691 - NEGOTIATIONS

    This course examines the art and science of negotiation. This course develops managerial skills by combining lectures with practice, using exercises where students negotiate with each other. Over the course of the semester, 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. Cross-listed with LGST 806/OPIM 691.

Awards and Honors

  • MBA Excellence in Teaching Award, 2017
  • MBA “Goes Above and Beyond the Call of Duty” Core Teaching Award, 2017
  • Undergraduate Excellence in Teaching Award, 2014-2017
  • Undergraduate Excellence in Teaching Award, 2016
  • Personal Development Book of the Year, 2013 Description

    Springboard: Launching Your Personal Search for Success was awarded the prize for Best Personal Development for 2013 by CEO-READ, the largest business bookseller in America.

     

  • Business Book of the Year, 2013 Description

    Springboard: Launching Your personal Search for Success was awarded the prize Best Overall Business Book for 2013 by CEO-READ, the largest business bookseller in America.

  • Huntsman Program in International Business: Senior Class Teaching Award, 2011
  • David W. Hauck Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, 2009
  • Class of 1984 award for teacher with highest teaching evaluations in the MBA program, 2009
  • Undergraduate Excellence in Teaching Award, 2006
  • Undergraduate Excellence in Teaching Award, 1999
  • 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
  • MBA Excellence in Teaching Award, 1995 Description

    The Excellence in Teaching Awards are awarded annually to eight (8) MBA faculty members who receive the highest average instructor rating on their course evaluation forms over the three prior semesters. The course evaluation forms are filled out by the students at the conclusion of every course.

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The Year of the Lie

2016 was a trying year for the truth. From fake news to false tweets, the increasingly fractured state of our shared reality may be threatening the orderly functioning of democracy itself.

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