Steven M. Maser is co-author of the case "Facilitating a Public Policy Issue: Practicing Textbook Tools and Confronting Challenges That Textbooks Don’t" with Samuel J. Imperati of the Institute for Conflict Management, Inc., with thanks to Jessica Ordonez of Apicality Communication, LLC. Supported by videos excerpted from televised broadcasts of public meetings of a diverse, eighteen-person citizen task force, students learn to facilitate by anticipating and critiquing the tactics of the task for chair who is attempting to secure a consensus. The task force is advising the City Council about a proposal from the owner of the minor league soccer and baseball teams to purchase a Major League Soccer franchise if the City re-configures the existing stadium for soccer and builds a new stadium for baseball.
Professor Maser earned an S.B. from the Massachusetts Institute of
Technology and M.A. and PhD from the University of Rochester. He taught courses
about negotiation and organizational conflict management, as well as public
policy and government and business relations. Professor Maser is a past
director of the Atkinson School Executive Development Center. As associate
dean, he helped redesign the School's required coursework around concepts of
experiential education. He has served on numerous boards and commissions
locally and regionally, including chairing a citizens’ task force assigned to
study a proposal to bring professional soccer to the City of Portland, the
basis for his co-authored E-PARCC case.
Steven has been a visiting professor of Political Economy at the Olin School
of Business at Washington University, a visiting Professor at Tokyo
International University, and a visiting scholar at Yale Law School. He has
authored or co-authored over 30 articles, including (with Samuel Imperati)
"Why does anyone mediate if mediation risks psychological dissatisfaction,
extra costs, and manipulation? Three theories reveal paradoxes resolved by
mediator standards of ethical practice," in the Ohio Statue Journal on
Dispute Resolution. His research has appeared in the Journal of Public
Affairs Education, International Public Management Review, Journal
of Public Administration Research and Theory,Harvard Journal of Law
and Public Policy, the American Journal of Political Science, the Journal of
Law and Economics, among others.