Barney Jordaan


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).


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


Articles in other (un)refereed journals

  • Aaldering H. Codrington T. Jordaan B.  forthcoming. Rapport in mediation. Tijdschrift Conflicthantering,

  • Jordaan B.  2016. A multi-faceted role for mediators in civil and commercial disputes. Tijdschrift Conflicthantering, 2: 30-34.

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

Book Chapters

  • 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.  2016. Power imbalances in mediation: how far should a mediator go?. In: Frerks G. Breukelaar M. Jongbloed A. Eds. Mediation en Macht

  • Jordaan B. De Wulf G.  2016. Towards an integrated workplace mediation system: reflections on the South African experience. In: Bollen K. Euwema M. Munduate L. Eds. Advancing workplace mediation through integration of theory and practice Springer.

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

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


  • Nel P. Kirsten M. Swanepoel B. Erasmus B. Jordaan B.  2016. South African employment relations : theory and practice. Pretoria.

  • Jordaan B. Stander U.  2016. Effective Workplace Solutions: Employment Law from a Business Perspective. Siber Ink.

  • Schonewille M. Schonewille F. Jordaan B.  2014. The variegated landscape of mediation regulation. A compartive study of mediation regulation and practices in Europe and the world. 

Conference Presentations

  • Jordaan B.  2016. Using legislation to promote mediation: recipe for success, or a slippery slope?. Paper presented at Nederlandse Mediatorsverengiging symposium: Successvolle mediatonwet: to opt in or to opt out?, October 27-27, Utrecht, the Netherlands.

  • Jordaan B.  2016. The mediator's power imbalances in mediation: what should mediators do?. Paper presented at Annual Mediation Congress, October 11-11, Utrecht, the Netherlands.

  • Jordaan B.  2016. A multi-faceted role for mediators in civil and commercial disputes: implications for practice and mediator training. Paper presented at 6th International Biennial on Negotiation, November 16-18, Paris, France.

  • Jordaan B.  2015. When grandpa is also the CEO: resolving conflicts in family-owned business-es. Paper presented at Annual Mediation Congress, October 6-6, Utrecht, the Netherlands.

  • Jordaan B. Cillie G.  2015. De-siloing HRM and ER. Paper presented at Annual Conference of International Labour Law and Labour Relations Associa-tion, Cape Town,

  • 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.