Dr. David Hames Returns To EMBA Program to Teach Negotiations and Conflict Resolution

Dr. David Hames
May. 27, 2015

What does a retired UNLV professor do after leaving the desert for a small town at the base of Telluride ski resort in Colorado? If you guessed skiing or snowmobiling, try again. David Hames, Ph.D. is researching and writing not one, but two books!

Dr. Hames retired last December with professor emeritus status after 25 years with the UNLV Lee Business School where he was highly sought by students, faculty and community business leaders for his expertise in negotiation and alternative dispute resolution, human resource management and labor-management relations.

Moving to Montrose, CO, Hames said, “I thought a small town in the mountains would be a nice change and a good place to rewrite my Negotiation book.” First published in 2011, Hames’ “Negotiation: Closing Deals, Settling Disputes, and Making Team Decisions” is a widely used textbook providing students with a comprehensive understanding of the fundamental components of the negotiation process and the challenges that face negotiators.

If that wasn’t enough, in the short five months he has been retired, Hames is conducting research in preparation of writing a book on human resources management, not for HR executives, but for company managers, including those working with small businesses. “My favorite books tell stories to make and illustrate key points and concepts. I hope to emulate those authors by offering practical examples and solutions throughout the book,” Hames said.

But recently, Las Vegas and UNLV’s EMBA program beckoned him back. An Executive MBA instructor for all but two cohorts, Hames will return to campus in June and August to teach Cohort 13 and Cohort 14 Negotiations and Conflict Resolution. His decision to return was, in part, due to the encouragement of former students, many with whom he remains in contact.

There’s also a very practical reason for Hames’ return to the EMBA classroom.

“Interacting with practicing professionals, such as UNLV’s EMBA students, will enhance my book. Many textbooks are dull and dry, and ignore what is most relevant for practitioners. I think that is one reason why many students don't read class materials,” Hames said.

“My first book attempted to address this problem, and feedback suggests that I was successful. However, I have further work to do in order to make the book more complete and engaging. My hope is that by continuing to interact with practitioners, I will gain insights into their concerns and needs. And, by doing so, I can address their requirements more effectively in my writing.”

Hames recalls many happy moments from his quarter century at UNLV, “but my fondest EMBA memories involve some of my former students. They were professionals who knew how to negotiate. Some were quite good at it when class started and were able to improve their skills even more by working hard to learn new approaches and tactics.” 

Lest we believe that Hames is spending all his time working, fear not, he is having fun. In February, Hames spent three weeks traveling through Australia and New Zealand. “I’m not sure it qualifies as a retirement hobby, but I’m working on improving my travel planning skills, many of which I developed during my five experiences teaching in Europe.”

Welcome home Dr. Hames, even if it’s only for a few weeks!