Three members of a newly-formed five-person work team at a factory are meeting with their supervisor and the union steward. Recently the team has taken on more responsibility for daily decisions about assignments, ordering supplies, and scheduling. This change has resulted in increased conflict as well as increased teamwork.
The meeting is scheduled for only forty minutes, and it includes a number of agenda items submitted by each of the participants. Each participant is responsible for presenting the item that s/he put on the agenda, for preparing to address the other agenda items, and for identifying desirable (or at least acceptable) outcomes for each of the agenda items.
Teaching points include agenda control, time management techniques, effect of time pressure on substantive outcome, balancing long- and short- term interests, impact of absent parties, and relationship maintenance skills.
Prof. Susskind’s Top 5 Environmental Negotiation Teaching Materials
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