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UW-Madison Mock Negotiation Reflections Part 2

Continuing where things left off in Part 1, the MBA students from the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Bolz Center for Arts Administration program were serving as the orchestra musician negotiation committee in a mock collective bargaining agreement negotiation. After receiving some very bad news about their fictional orchestra’s financial conditions and a subsequent initial proposal from the management to reduce overall expenditures by 35%, the students on the negotiating committee refused to submit a counter-offer based on what they identified as gross mismanagement… [If you missed out on the details leading up to […]

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UW-Madison Mock Negotiation Reflections Part 1

There’s nothing quite like looking at the business from a different perspective. Even more stimulating is when those perspectives come to you from unexpected sources. Such was the case with the mock orchestra collective bargaining agreement negotiations I conducted with the MBA students from the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Bolz Center for Arts Administration program… Regular Adaptistration readers might remember that I conducted a similar exercise with students from Eastman School of Music’s Institute for Music Leadership in September, 2004. I couldn’t help but compare the two events but before I get ahead […]

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[Rain + Construction] x Rush Hour Traffic = No Blog

My sincere apologies to those of you stopping by today to read about the events from the mock orchestra negotiation with the students from UM-Madison. Unfortunately, Mother Nature decided to release a deluge of rain along most of my drive back to Chicago. That, combined with some construction along I-90, slowed me down enough to put me in the thick of Chicago rush hour traffic. As such, what should have been a three hour trip doubled in length so there wasn't time this evening to write a proper article. Regardless, I invite [...]
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Mock Reality

I had a wonderful time working with the MBA students from the University of Wisconsin-Madison's Bolz Center for Arts Administration program. Having the future managers assume the role of orchestra musicians in a mock collective bargaining agreement negotiation produced some fascinating results... As for now, I have to run out the door to attend some after-action meetings with some of the students so we can dialog about what happened yesterday and more. Once those sessions are complete and I return to Chicago, I'll write more about what happened and some of surprises [...]
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Heading North

As they say in Chicago, I'm heading behind the "Cheddar Curtain*" today to serve as a guest lecturer for the University of Wisconsin-Madison's Bolz Center for Arts Administration, Arts Administration Seminar. I'm having the class of MBA candidates participate in a mock orchestra collective bargaining agreement negotiation but instead of having these future arts managers bargain from the perspective of management, they'll be taking on the role of the musicians... The students have already selected a five member negotiation committee among their ranks and that committee has been busily preparing by polling [...]
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