George Siedel

George Siedel

  • Williamson Family Professor of Business Administration
  • Thurnau Professor of Business Law
  • Diploma Cambridge University 1971
  • JD University of Michigan 1970
  • BA College of Wooster 1967

Contact Information

(734) 764-1392
(734) 936-6631

George Siedel completed graduate studies at the University of Michigan and Cambridge University. Following graduation, he worked as an attorney in a professional corporation. Professor Siedel has been admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court and in Michigan, Ohio, and Florida. He has also served on several boards of directors and as Associate Dean of the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan.

Professor Siedel served as a Visiting Professor at Stanford University and Harvard University, a Visiting Scholar at Berkeley, and a Parsons Fellow at the University of Sydney. He has been elected a Visiting Fellow at Cambridge University's Wolfson College and a Life Fellow of the Michigan State Bar Foundation. As a Fulbright Scholar, he held a Distinguished Chair in the Humanities and Social Sciences.

The author of numerous books and articles, Professor Siedel is the recipient of research awards from the University of Michigan (the Faculty Recognition Award) and the Academy of Legal Studies in Business (the Hoeber Award, the Ralph Bunche Award and the Maurer Award). The Center for International Business Education and Research selected a case written by Professor Siedel for its annual International Case Writing Award.

Professor Siedel has received many teaching awards, including the 2014 Executive Program Professor of the Year Award from a consortium of thirty-six leading universities committed to international education. He has also developed several negotiation planning tools and apps, which are available at no charge at   

Featured Books

A Short Guide to Contract Risk

A Short Guide to Contract Risk
George Siedel and Helena Haapio

Savvy managers no longer look at contracting processes and documents reactively but use them proactively to reach their business goals and minimize their risks. To succeed, these managers need a framework and A Short Guide to Contract Risk provides this.

The foundation of identifying and managing contract risk is what the authors call Contract Literacy: a set of skills relevant for all who deal with contracts in their everyday business environment,...

Proactive Law for Managers: A Hidden Source of Competitive Advantage

Proactive Law for Managers:  A Hidden Source of Competitive Advantage
George Siedel and Helena Haapio

Savvy managers no longer look at contracts and the law reactively but use them proactively to reduce their costs, minimize their risks, secure key talent, collaborate to innovate, protect intellectual property, and create value for their customers that is superior to that offered by competitors. To achieve competitive advantage in this way managers need a plan. Proactive Law for Managers provides this plan; The Manager's Legal PlanTM.


Ross Thought In Action
Professor George Siedel shows why the “best alternative to a negotiated agreement” tactic can sometimes backfire.

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