Max H. Bazerman

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Max H. Bazerman
Born (1955-08-14) August 14, 1955 (age 63)
Other namesMax Hal Bazerman

Max Hal Bazerman (born August 14, 1955) is an author and academic who specializes in business psychology. He is the Jesse Isidor Straus Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School. Bazerman holds a doctorate degree from Carnegie-Mellon University in Industrial Administration and two honorary Doctorate degrees from Harvard and University of London.

Bazerman is also a founding partner of Think! Inc,[1] a forum of knowledge that offers ideas from top experts around the world, in their respective fields.


2006: University of London – London Business School, Doctor of Science in Economics (honorary).
2000: Harvard University, Masters of Arts (honorary).
1976-1979: The Graduate School of Industrial Administration, Carnegie-Mellon University. M.S.O.B. (1978), Ph.D. (1979).
1973-1976: The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. Bachelor of Sciences in Economics (1976). Majors: Organizational Psychology and Accounting.


Since 2000, Bazerman has been the Jesse Isidor Straus Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School. He has been with the school since 1998 as visiting scholar. From 1985-2000 he has held different positions at Kellogg School of Management varying from professor, chairperson and/or director.

Notable work[edit]

Bazerman works in the area of business psychology. He and his colleagues have worked on the psychology of accounting fraud, such as how to prevent fraud that occurred at companies such as Enron.[2] He has also done research on ethics, and why people will do unethical things.[3] He has been quoted as an expert numerous times in the New York Times[4][5][6] to publications in major trade journals and at educational institutions.[7]


Bazerman was hired as a remedy witness on the civil action case involving Philip Morris[8] and United States Department of Justice. He was hired by the US Department of Justice to make recommendations about the penalties against the company and its senior executives under the assumption that the court had found Philip Morris guilty. Bazerman was paid $800 an hour, which he decided he would donate to an irrevocable charitable trust in efforts to negate any bias since he was employed by the Justice Department.

Bazerman recommended the removal of Philip Morris' senior management, creating court appointed monitors, having research done by private companies also monitored by the court, eliminating incentive and compensation for selling tobacco products to children, and changing promotion policies to deter misconduct. Bazerman also recommended that managers should be educated on ways to handle biases in decision.

Bazerman was scheduled to testify on May 4, 2005. On April 30, Bazerman says that he was approached by a Justice Department attorney who asked him to change his testimony. If Bazerman didn't comply, he would be removed from the case. Bazerman refused and testified as planned.

Bazerman says that even though he knew something was wrong, he didn't take action immediately. It wasn't until June 17, he read a story in the New York Times about Mathew Myers, president of Tobacco Free Kids, who has also testified on the same case. Myers claimed that Robert McCullum, a top Department of Justice official, tried to persuade Myers to change his testimony.

Bazerman then made his own accusation. Since then, he has been critical about why he didn't notice the unethical interference sooner. He then began to focus on why some people notice right away and some don't act on critical information.

Art of Noticing[9]

Dr. Bazerman's accomplishments are lengthy as an expert in the field of study in Behavioral Psychology. He has written numerous articles on ethics and the art of noticing unethical behavior. He argues that ethicality is a product of psychological processes. His studies show that good people do unethical things often and without even considering it. One of his most well-known philosophies is the art of noticing. He studies and teaches how we often fail to recognize available signs and information surrounding us.

Dr. Bazerman also focuses his studies on loyalty and the effects of loyalty on unethical behavior. He uses this insight to help explain and understand the reasoning behind corporate scandals and corruptions.

Publication (books)[edit]

  • Bazerman, Max. The Power of Noticing: What the Best Leaders See. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2014.
  • Bazerman, Max, and Don A. Moore. Judgment in Managerial Decision Making. 8th ed. John Wiley & Sons, 2013.
  • Bazerman, Max H., and Ann E. Tenbrunsel. Blind Spots: Why We Fail to Do What's Right and What to Do about It. Princeton University Press, 2011.
  • Kramer, Roderick M., Ann E. Tenbrunsel and Max H. Bazerman, eds. Social Decision Making: Social Dilemmas, Social Values, and Ethical Judgments. New York: Routledge, 2009.
  • Bazerman, Max, ed. Quanto Sei (a)Morale?: Leadership Etica E Psicologia Della Decisione. Sole 24 ore S.p.A., 2009.
  • Bazerman, Max, and Michael D. Watkins. Predictable Surprises. Paperback ed. Harvard Business School Press, 2008.
  • Malhotra, Deepak, and M. H. Bazerman. Negotiation Genius. Bantam Books, 2007.
  • Moore, D., G. Loewenstein, D. Cain and M. H. Bazerman, eds. Conflicts of Interest. Cambridge University Press, 2005
  • Bazerman, Max. Judgment in Managerial Decision Making. 6th ed. John Wiley & Sons, 2005.
  • Bazerman, M. H., ed. Negotiation, Decision Making, and Conflict Management. 3 vols. Edward Elgar Publishing, 2005.
  • Bazerman, M. H., and M. Watkins. Predictable Surprises. Boston: Harvard Business School Press, 2004.
  • Bazerman, M. H., Jonathan Baron, and Katherine Shonk. You Can't Enlarge the Pie: Six Barriers to Effective Government. New York: Basic Books, 2001.
  • Bazerman, M. H. Smart Money Decisions. John Wiley & Sons, 1999.
  • Bazerman, M. H., D. M. Messick, A. E. Tenbrunsel and K. A. Wade-Benzoni, eds. Environment, Ethics, and Behavior: The Psychology of Environmental Valuation and Degradation. San Francisco: New Lexington Press, 1997.
  • Bazerman, M. H., and M. A. Neale. Negotiating Rationally. Free Press, 1992.
  • Neale, M. A., and M. H. Bazerman. Cognition and Rationality in Negotiation. Free Press, 1991.
  • Bazerman, M. H., R. J. Lewicki and B. H. Sheppard, eds. Handbook of Negotiation Research. Vol. 3, Research on Negotiation in Organizations. JAI Press, 1991.
  • Sheppard, B. H., M. H. Bazerman and R. J. Lewicki, eds. Research on Negotiation in Organizations: A Series of Analytical Essays and Critical Reviews. Vol. 3. JAI Press, 1990.
  • Bazerman, M. H. and R.J. Lewicki, eds. Negotiating in Organizations. Sage Publications, 1983.


  • 2008 - Predictable Surprises: The Disasters You Should Have Seen Coming, and How to Prevent Them (Center for Public Leadership) (Paperback)
  • 2005 - Judgment in Managerial Decision Making (Hardcover)
  • 2004 - Predictable Surprises: The Disasters You Should Have Seen Coming, and How to Prevent Them (Leadership for the Common Good) (Hardcover)
  • 2002 - "You Can't Enlarge the Pie": Six Barriers to Effective Government (Paperback)
  • 2001 - Judgment in Managerial Decision Making (5th Edition) (Paperback)
  • 1999 - Smart Money Decisions: Why You Do What You Do With Money (and how to change for the better) (Hardcover)
  • 1997 - Judgment in Managerial Decision Making (Paperback)
  • 1997 - Environment, Ethics, and Behavior (Paperback)
  • 1992 - Negotiating Rationally (Hardcover)
  • 1990 - Judgment in Managerial Decision Making (Wiley Series in Management) (Hardcover)
  • Judgment in Managerial Decision Making (Wiley Series in Management) (Paperback)
  • Cognition and Rationality in Negotiation (Hardcover)


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-05-29. Retrieved 2010-06-13.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ "The psychology of accounting fraud". Retrieved 16 November 2017.
  3. ^ Inc, Gallup. "Evaluating Your Business Ethics". Retrieved 16 November 2017.
  4. ^ Toy, Vivian S. (20 August 2006). "Let's Make a Deal". Retrieved 16 November 2017.
  5. ^ "Maybe We Should Leave That Up to the Computer". 18 July 2006. Retrieved 16 November 2017.
  6. ^ "Tobacco Penalties Are Focus of Dispute". 23 March 2005. Retrieved 16 November 2017.
  7. ^ Deepak Malhotra; Max H. Bazerm. "Negotiation" (PDF). Retrieved 16 November 2017.
  8. ^ "Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids". Retrieved 2016-11-04.
  9. ^ Bazerman, Max. The Art of Noticing.

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