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As one of the "seven elements," relationship refers to the relationship a negotiator has or wants with other parties. This may include his or her relationship both with those across the table and with anyone else who might affect the negotiation or be affected by the negotiator’s reputation. The conduct and outcome of a negotiation have the potential to either damage or strengthen a relationship. (Michael L. Moffitt and Robert C. Bordone, eds., Handbook of Dispute Resolution [Program on Negotiation/Jossey-Bass, 2005], 282). See Also: Dealmaking – Relationship Rules and Business Negotiations, Negotiation Skills: Which Negotiating Style is Best?, Negotiation Games for the New Academic Year.

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Role Simulations

Role Simulation
Consumer Dispute Negotiation Role-Play:

Rosenberg v. Lincoln Landscaping

Pat Aaron
Three-person small claims mediation between a landscaping company and its client over a disputed bill and quality of service
Role Simulation
Labor Relations Negotiation Role-Play:

Salary Negotiation

Aleza Spalter
Two-party negotiation between a supervisor and employee over a possible salary raise in the context of mixed job performance
Role Simulation
International Relations Negotiation Role-Play:

Ship Bumping Case

Andrew Clarkson
Two-party international negotiation between Russian and U.S. negotiators over a naval incident; teams internally prepare instructions for a representative not involved in the preparation
Role Simulation
Family Negotiation Role-Play:

Stakes of Engagement, The

Nicholas Sabin
Two-party, multi-issue, scoreable negotiation regarding a prenuptial agreement, calling for a balance of substantive and relationship concerns
Role Simulation
Law / Courts Negotiation Role-Play:

State v. Huntley

Timothy Reiser
Two-party criminal plea bargain negotiation between a prosecutor and a public defender for a man charged with aggravated rape
Role Simulation
Education Negotiation Role-Play:

Student Paper

Bruce Patton
Simple two-party awareness-building negotiation between a student and a professor regarding an assignment submitted after the deadline
Role Simulation
Public Dispute Negotiation Role-Play:

Summitville Service Agreement

Patrick Field and Tracy Dyke
A two-team (four-party), co-mediated, multi-issue negotiation simulation involving a bitter property tax dispute between a small town and an Indian band living on a nearby reservation
Role Simulation
Labor Relations Negotiation Role-Play:

Team Meeting

Joel Cutcher-Gershenfeld
Five-party, multi-issue, time-constrained negotiation among members of a factory work team, a union steward, and a supervisor over a range of individual agenda issues
Role Simulation
Organizational Development / Change Negotiation Role-Play:

Telemachus Technology

Ellen Waxman and George Maxe
Three-party intra-organizational negotiation among mentor, mentee, and mentee's manager regarding an upcoming meeting that touches on diversity, communication, and mentorship issues
Role Simulation
Business and Commercial Dispute Negotiation Role-Play:

Tendley Contract

Two-party integrative contract negotiation between a computer consultant and a school district representative at an apparent impasse over different expectations over cost of services
Role Simulation
Labor Relations Negotiation Role-Play:

Termination Tempest

Marjorie Corman Aaron
Four-person, two-team settlement negotiation between a terminated employee and counsel, and the former employer and counsel, regarding possible settlement of an age discrimination lawsuit
Role Simulation
Leah C. Stokes, Lawrence Susskind, and Noelle E. Selin
This mercury game is a role-play simulation aimed at scientists, students and decision makers. Playing the game will help participants explore the consequences of representing scientific uncertainty in various ways in a policy context.
Role Simulation
Business and Commercial Dispute Negotiation Role-Play:

Theotis Wiley

Jake Erhard, under the supervision of Robert Bordone
Two-party integrative negotiation between agents for a basketball player and a shoe manufacturer over a possible sneaker endorsement deal
Role Simulation
Organizational Development / Change Negotiation Role-Play:

Trademore Personnel

Lawrence Susskind and Bruce Patton
Three-person, integrative, facilitated negotiation with two department heads and a Human Resources observer/facilitator regarding the possible transfer of an employee from one department to the other
Role Simulation
Law / Courts Negotiation Role-Play:

United States v. Dunlop

Dan Vogel, under the supervision of Robert Bordone
Four-person, three-issue, two-round between U.S. prosecutors, an executive charged with securities fraud, and defense counsel over the terms of a possible plea bargain; attorney-client interviews are followed by a plea bargain negotiation
Role Simulation
Health / Medicine / Pharmaceutical Negotiation Role-Play:

Viatex

Hal Movius
Two-party negotiation between representatives of Viatex and one of its clients, Brattlebury, involving trade-offs between short and long-term gains as well as dealing with internal stakeholders.
Role Simulation
International Relations Negotiation Role-Play:

Water on the West Bank

Susan Podziba and Lawrence Susskind
Seven-person, four-issue mediation among three Israeli water authority and regional representatives and three Palestinian water authority and political representatives over plans to drill a new well on the West Bank
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.
Role Simulation
Values-based / Identity-based Dispute Negotiation Role-Play:

Williams v. Northville

Kate Harvey and David Kovick, under the supervision of Lawrence Susskind and Jennifer Brown
5-person, non-scorable mediation between a school principal and a parent (with attorneys) regarding a values-based dispute over classroom discussions and materials addressing same-sex couples and their families
Role Simulation
Steven Maser
Five- or six-person, multi-issue, facilitated negotiation among federal agency, state government, environmental, and industry representatives over the regulation of woodstove emissions; optional sixth role for industry association counsel

Books

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Addresses the key variables involved in negotiating with government, from the influence of bureaucracy to the perception of power on the government side of the negotiating table
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Book

Doug Stone & Sheila Heen

The bestselling authors of the classic Difficult Conversations teach us how to turn evaluations, advice, criticisms, and coaching into productive listening and learning
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This volume presents a cross-section of the new thinking at the midpoint of the Rethinking Negotiation Teaching project. It features 28 chapters authored by scholars reflecting on their participation in Hamline-sponsored international negotiation conference.
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Iris Bohnet

A "game-changer" that demonstrates how research is addressing gender bias, improving lives and performance.
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An edited collection of writings on the topic of ethics in negotiation

Video and Audio

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Videos and Audio

Deborah M. Kolb, with the Simmons College Graduate School of Management, and the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School

An exploration of the issue of gender in negotiations, featuring interviews with three professional women negotiators

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