Corporate Decision-Making Negotiation

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There are many models of inter-corporate and intra-corporate decision-making. Most involve formal or informal negotiations of some kind. There are also regulatory or licensing negotiations, as well as consensus-building efforts within industry sectors, that involve multi-party negotiations. The Teaching Negotiation Resource Center (TNRC) offers teaching materials that aim to enhance the negotiation skills of corporate leaders, financial managers, human resource managers, corporate general counsel, middle managers and procurement specialists. We also examine negotiation as an organizational and not just an individual capability.

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Case Studies & Articles

Gina Coplon-Newfield

This case study provides an intimate view into the fierce battle among major US nonprofit environmental groups, Members of Congress, and industry over energy policy in 2007. The resulting law slashed pollution by raising car efficiency regulations for the first time in three decades. For negotiators and advocates, this case provides important lessons about cultivating champions, neutralizing opponents, organizing the masses, and using the right message at the right time.

Role Simulations

Role Simulation
The Consensus Building Institute
Six-party nonscorable negotiation among nonprofit, business, and community representatives regarding the most appropriate methods for fund raising and distributions
Role Simulation
Business and Commercial Dispute Negotiation Role-Play:

Bankruptcy Multiparty Negotiation Simulation

James Emerson with Ben Longoria, under the supervision of Professors Robert Mnookin and Lawrence Susskind
This exercise is a six-party simulation of multiparty negotiations in a bankruptcy (reorganization) and mass torts context. The simulation represents a ...
Role Simulation
Corporate Decision-Making Negotiation Role-Play:

Binder KadeerConsultation in the Company

Lawrence Susskind, Deborah Kolb, Paddy Moore, Margaret Borne and Peter Shapiro
Three- or four-party consultation by one or two human resources representatives to manage an affirmative action complaint by an employee against his supervisor
Role Simulation
Corporate Decision-Making Negotiation Role-Play:

Blueville Health Foundation

Mieke van der Wansem, Lawrence Susskind and Janet Martinez
Five-party multi-issue negotiation among foundation, community, and medical board members of a new health foundation to set community health funding priorities and strategies for community engagement
Role Simulation
Corporate Decision-Making Negotiation Role-Play:

Browning Brothers Search

Jeswald W. Salacuse
Five- to six-person negotiation between search committee members asked to reach consensus on characteristics needed for a new leader to right a financial company in crisis
Role Simulation
Corporate Decision-Making Negotiation Role-Play:

Bunyon Brothers

Mark Gordon, Elizabeth Gray, and Bruce Patton
Three-party, multi-issue internal corporate negotiation in preparation for external negotiation with community representatives
Role Simulation
Cross-Cultural Negotiation Role-Play:

Canada-China Panda Acquisition Negotiation

Stephen Weiss
Two-team (6 person), multi-issue contract negotiation between Canadian zoo CEOs and representatives of Chinese organization responsible for giant panda loans
Role Simulation
Corporate Decision-Making Negotiation Role-Play:

Case of the Puerile Printer

Albie Davis and Ericka Gray
Six-party mediation with employees, employer, and legal counsel over the contested result of a sexual harassment grievance procedure
Role Simulation
Corporate Decision-Making Negotiation Role-Play:

Casino

Sheila Heen, Scott Peppet and John Richardson
Two-party intra-organizational discussion between a newly-promoted manager and her division vice-president over work performance, responsibility for a new computer game project, and office environment issues
Role Simulation
Lawrence Susskind, Charles Hecksher, and Elaine Landry
Two-team, multi-issue collective bargaining contract negotiation between three union representatives and three management representatives for a telephone company; includes an internal team meeting before external negotiations
Role Simulation
Corporate Decision-Making Negotiation Role-Play:

Contract Negotiations in the Building Trades

Lawrence Susskind
Nine-party, multi-issue contract negotiation among three coalitions involved in the building trades; includes internal coalition meetings before the external negotiations
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Corporate Decision-Making Negotiation Role-Play:

Designing an Integrated Account SystemFacilitation in the Company

Deborah Kolb and Lawrence Susskind
Five-person, multi-issue, facilitated negotiation among four managers and a Human Resources facilitator over the design of the company's new account system
Role Simulation
Health / Medicine / Pharmaceutical Negotiation Role-Play:

Drug Testing in the Workplace

Joel Cutcher-Gershenfeld and Roger Winthrop
Three-person employment mediation between a truck driver and his company's personnel director, mediated by an Employee Assistance Program representative, regarding a positive drug test; a four-person version also includes a union representative
Role Simulation
Values-based / Identity-based Dispute Negotiation Role-Play:

Ellis v. MacroB

Kate Harvey and David Kovick, under the supervision of Lawrence Susskind and Jennifer Brown
5-person nonscorable mediation between an employee and his/her corporate employer regarding potentially conflicting values and interests around issues of homosexuality and religious faith
Role Simulation
Corporate Decision-Making Negotiation Role-Play:

Fishladder Claim

Susan Podziba and Lawrence Susskind
Three-party, two-round internal negotiation among agency officials over whether to litigate or pursue non-binding arbitration to settle a contract claim against a private contractor
Role Simulation
Business and Commercial Dispute Negotiation Role-Play:

Flagship Airways

Paddy Moore, Hal Movius and Lawrence Susskind
Six-person, four-issue negotiation between three representatives of an industrial manufacturer and three representatives of its primary client over restructuring of an existing purchase agreement
Role Simulation
Business and Commercial Dispute Negotiation Role-Play:

Fresh Air

Candace Modlin and Robert C. Bordone
Two-party or two-team, multi-issue, integrative/distributive negotiation between representatives of a new low-cost airline and a potential headquarters city over an incentives package and airport facilities
Role Simulation
Regulation Negotiation Role-Play:

Gadgets, Inc.

Cheri Peele and Lawrence Susskind
Six-party, four-issue negotiation among a company's management and union representatives, environmental groups, and state and federal environmental agencies over fines and adoption of new technology in response to the company's illegal polluting
Role Simulation
Robert Smith and Ericka Gray
Two-party, multi-issue negotiation between a human resources director and a prospective employee over terms of hire that highlight cultural differences
Role Simulation
Corporate Decision-Making Negotiation Role-Play:

Jerry

Ron Karp and Bruce Patton
Two-party conversation between an employee and his supervisor regarding the employee's recent poor job performance and potential termination
Role Simulation
Jennie Hatch & Kessely Hong
A three-party employment negotiation involving a mid-career student negotiating two job offers via email at the same time.
Role Simulation
Corporate Decision-Making Negotiation Role-Play:

Kelly Corporation, The

Ron Karp and Bruce Patton
Three-party brief negotiation among a supervisor and two employees who are each asking for a raise
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Corporate Decision-Making Negotiation Role-Play:

Leaves Before the Fall

James K.L. Lawrence
Lawyers negotiate terms of an employer/employee dispute. The primary characteristic of the Leaves Before the Fall simulation is that the facts set out in each representative’s “confidential instructions” are the same – identical in every respect.
Role Simulation
International Relations Negotiation Role-Play:

Managing ChangeThe HR Challenge

Joel Cutcher-Gershenfeld
Six-party, multi-issue negotiation among human resource and line managers to create a plan for improving communication and outsourcing recruitment activities
Role Simulation
Business and Commercial Dispute Negotiation Role-Play:

MedLeeIn Pursuit of a Healthy Joint Venture

Candace Lun and Jeswald W. Salacuse
Two-party, four-issue negotiation between representatives of two companies with different national and corporate cultures regarding a possible joint venture
Role Simulation
Game Theory and Negotiation Analytics Role-Play:

Multimode, Inc.

Lawrence Susskind
Two-party intra-organization negotiation between a company's financial and human resources officers regarding the amount of a budget increase
Role Simulation
Corporate Decision-Making Negotiation Role-Play:

Negotiation of Rabbi Ben Newman's Employment Contract, The

Three party, single-issue negotiation of a rabbi’s employment contract
Role Simulation
International Relations Negotiation Role-Play:

Parking Spaces for Super Computer

Consensus Building Institute, Inc.
Two-party, two-issue scoreable negotiation between an office building owner and commercial tenant over the terms of a lease for parking spaces
Role Simulation
Business and Commercial Dispute Negotiation Role-Play:

Restaurant Rancor

Ericka Gray
Two-party workplace negotiation between two servers over how to fairly divide tips
Role Simulation
Business and Commercial Dispute Negotiation Role-Play:

Technology Equipment Partners

Tracey Brenner, under the supervision of Lawrence Susskind
Two-team, six-party, four-issue negotiation between representatives of two corporations setting up a simultaneous high-tech joint venture and purchasing agreement
Role Simulation
Business and Commercial Dispute Negotiation Role-Play:

What To Do With Hexiglass?

Beth Doherty and Hal Movius
3-player, non-scoreable game designed to teach the benefits of managing communication and trust in the context of a technology negotiation.

Books

original
Book

Daniel Bowling & David Hoffman

"Rich insights and diverse perspectives, valuable for novices and experienced practitioners alike." - William Ury
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Book

David Hoffman

A mediator's quintessential one-stop guide for tested techniques and sources.
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Book

Iris Bohnet

A "game-changer" that demonstrates how research is addressing gender bias, improving lives and performance.

Video and Audio

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Videos and Audio

Jeswald W. Salacuse

A short dramatized problem regarding a dispute between two corporate officers over the best way to improve company profitability

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