Barney Jordaan

Job Title : Professor of Management Practice: Negotiation, Conflict Management, Mediation

Management Domain
People Management & Leadership

Teaching in
Masters in General Management
Masters in Marketing Management
Masters in Financial Management

Expert in
Negotiation and conflict management


Barney Jordaan is professor of management practice at Vlerick. He holds a doctorate in law from Stellenbosch University, where he was professor of law until 1997 teaching employment, contract and intellectual property law. He thereafter taught negotiation at Stellenbosch University Business School and the Graduate School of Business, University of Cape Town. Aside from his academic involvement, he was co-founder and director of a consulting firm in South Africa specialising in negotiation, mediation and conflict resolution. His first serious encounter with negotiation was in the 1980’s in the tough field of collective bargaining. Since then he has been involved in assisting clients in both commercial and workplace negotiation for more than 30 years, working with blue chip South african as well as global organisations in the shipping, tobacco, consumer goods, retail, manufacturing and financial sectors. His many years of involvement in the teaching and practice of mediation has also given him particular insight into the mindsets, strategies and behaviours of negotiators, which he brings into his negotiation teaching and training. Internationally, he has worked with the World Bank Group, including the IFC. He is a certified mediator with the International Mediation Institute (The Hague) and accredited by both CEDR (UK) and the ADR Group (UK).



Articles in other (un)refereed journals

  • Jordaan B.  2014. Harmonising substance and process: towards a ‘blended’model of mediation”. Tijdschrift Conflicthantering, 6

Book Chapters

  • Jordaan B.  forthcoming. Towards an integrated workplace mediation system: reflections on the South African experience. In: Bollen K. Euwema M. Munduate L. Eds. Advancing workplace mediation: Integrating theory and practice Springer.

  • Jordaan B.  forthcoming. The role of workplace mediation and conflict management systems in organisations. 

  • Jordaan B. Cillie G.  2016. Building a collaborative workplace culture: a South African perspective. In: Euwema M. Munduate L. Elgobar P. Eds. Building Trust and Constructive Conflict Management in Organizations (pp. 151-168). Springer.

  • Jordaan B.  2014. Employment realities in emerging markets. In: Van Eeden D. Ed. The role of Chief Human Resources Officer in emerging markets

  • Jordaan B.  2014. South Africa. In: Schonewille M. Schonewille F. Eds. The variegated landscape of mediation regulation. A compartive study of mediation regulation and practices in Europe and the world Eleven International Publishing.

  • Jordaan B.  2014. Negotiation Ethics. In: Ogunyemi K. Ed. Teaching Business Ethics Across the Management Curriculum - A Handbook for International Faculty Business Expert Press.

Conference Presentations

  • Jordaan B.  2014. The role of the mediator in civil and commercial disputes revisited. Paper presented at Mediationcongres, October 7, Utrecht, the Netherlands.

Conference Proceedings

  • Jordaan B.  2016. Managing conflict in family-owned businesses: what role for mediation?. (pp. 139-148). Utrecht: Maklu Uitgevers.