EMBA Faculty Feature: John Baur, Ph.D., Assistant Professor - EMBA 717 Negotiations and Conflict Resolution

Assistant Professor John Baur, Ph.D.
Jan. 14, 2019

UNLV Assistant Professor John Baur, Ph.D., wastes no time during his EMBA Negotiations and Conflict Resolution course empowering EMBA students with effective strategies to take control of the negotiation game and win it!

Using the professional sophistication of EMBA students to enhance the experiential nature of his teaching style, Baur bridges the gap between theory and practice.

“Negotiation is a refined skill that can be learned and practiced,” said Baur. And, cognizant of the time restraints facing most UNLV EMBA students, he makes the most of classroom activities that help cohort members develop and hone their individual negotiation styles.

“It’s exciting to teach EMBA students,” said Baur. “They want real-world relevance and applicability - concepts that they can immediately apply to their work. They’re able to see the synergy between their work experience and what they learn in the classroom.”

Baur guides EMBA students through a series of simulations and role-playing scenarios that become increasingly more complex. “By the time students reach the final scenario, they are dealing with multiple variables, where several parties are working to come to an agreement.”

In addition to the interactive exercises, the Negotiations and Conflict Resolution course provides an opportunity for cohort members to meet for feedback and explore potential techniques that may have been overlooked.

EMBA students can also rely on Baur to give of his time and expertise outside the classroom to help strategize negotiation tactics for challenges they are facing on-the-job.

Baur joined the UNLV Lee Business School faculty in 2015 teaching in both the undergraduate and graduate programs. In 2018, he was asked to bring his expertise to the UNLV EMBA program.

Earning praise throughout the academic community for his research, Baur is passionate about uncovering the reasons why employees engage in other-focused “rule-breaking” behavior even when it is detrimental to their own careers.

“In contrast to budding areas of research such as the dark-side of organizational citizenship behaviors, I focus on positive organizational behavior and find interest in the bright side of employee deviance,” Baur said.

Baur’s research on leadership uncovers the impact of leaders specifically in unique or troubling contexts as well as new ways to measure and interpret leadership. His research has advanced the understanding of personalities, conflict and expertise in teams. 

Because of his depth of knowledge and research in leadership, pro-social deviance, team dynamics and organizational power, Baur is a sought-after author. His work has been included in prestigious professional publications including The Leadership Quarterly; Human Resource Management Review; Small Group Research; Journal of Managerial Issues; Journal of Leadership and Organizational Studies;  and International Journal of Intercultural Relations, among others.

A recognized industry expert, Baur has been a featured presenter before national and international professional organizations. Among his 2018 presentations were: “The Road to Hell is Paved with Good Intention: How Employee Proactivity Drives Negative Outcomes” at the BESI (Business & Economic Society International) Conference in Switzerland; “Do As I Say, Not As I Do: Employee Reactions to Supervisor Prosocial Rule-Breaking” in Italy at the ISSWOV (International Society for the Study of Work and Organizational Values) Conference and “Individual Accountability in Organizations: Scale Development and Validation” before the Academy of Management in Chicago.

Baur received his Ph.D. in Business Administration with a concentration in organizational behavior and human resource management, from the University of Oklahoma where he also served as a graduate research assistant and a graduate teaching assistant. Baur received his Master of Business Administration from Creighton University. Throughout his academic career he has been the recipient of numerous coveted fellowships.