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

Please note: you must order multiple copies in order to run this simulation. You should order a copy for every person participating in the simulation.

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SCENARIO:

Super Computer Corp. just signed its second three-year lease for office space at 100 Blue Chip Street. This office building, managed by Prime Properties, houses the regional offices of several global corporations. Tenga Tenier (Super Computer’s office manager) and Rom Rosok (Prime Properties’ property manager for 100 Blue Chip Street) are about to enter their annual negotiation over parking spaces.

There is an executive parking lot underneath the office building, but this lot is not large enough to accommodate all of the building’s tenants. Prime Properties offers a limited number of “executive” parking spaces in the underground lot, and a larger number of “satellite” parking spaces in a lot that is about ten minutes’ walking distance from the building. Because Prime Properties charges the same lease price for executive and satellite parking spaces, tenants want to lease as few satellite and as many executive spaces as possible, while Prime Properties wants to lease as many satellite and as few executive spaces as possible.

Tenga and Ron must negotiate an agreement on two issues: how many parking spaces will Super Computer lease, and how many of those spaces will be in the executive parking lot underneath the office building? Their scores will depend on the final agreement on each of these issues.

 

TEACHING POINTS INCLUDE:

the value of exploring interests; the uses of objective criteria; the effect of aspirations on results; the power of trading across differently-valued issues; and the tension between creating and claiming value.

 

Teacher’s Pack (26 pages total) includes:

  • Confidential instructions for Tenga Tenier and Rom Rosok
  • Score sheets for all participants
  • Teaching Note
  • Teaching overheads

 

Parking Spaces for Super Computer Attributes

Time required:
1-2 hours
Number of participants:
2
Teams involved:
No
Agent present:
None
Neutral third party present:
None
Scoreable:
Yes
Teaching notes available:
Yes
Non-English version available:
German, Japanese

PON Teaching Negotiation Resource Center

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To order multiple copies of a role simulation for use in a course or workshop, simply enter the total number of participants in the box next to “Quantity.” There is no need to calculate how many of each role is required.

If you are ordering hard copies, the Teaching Negotiation Resource Center will calculate the appropriate numbers of each role to provide, based on the total number of participants. For example, if you wish to order a 2-party role simulation for use with a class of 30 students, you would enter “30” in the box next to “Quantity.” You then would receive 15 copies of one role and 15 copies of the other role, for use with your 30 participants. As another example, if you ordered 30 participant copies of a 6-party role simulation, you would receive 5 copies of each role.

In the event that the number of participant copies you order is not evenly divisible by the number of roles in the simulation, you will receive extra copies of one or more roles. Participants receiving the extra roles may partner with other participants playing the same role, thus negotiating as a team. So, for instance, if you ordered 31 copies of a 2-party role simulation, you would receive 15 copies of the first role and 16 copies of the second role. One of the participants playing the second role would partner with another participant playing that same role, and the two would negotiate as a team.