Women Negotiate

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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

 

PON Video Series, 1989

Featuring interviews with three professional women negotiators, Women Negotiate explores the issue of gender in negotiations. Professor Deborah Kolb created the video to address various gender stereotypes women face in high stakes negotiations settings and to offer prescriptive advice on how to overcome these barriers based on the wisdom of successful women negotiators.

In Women Negotiate, Kolb articulates the need for women to become aware of their strengths as negotiators in order to meet the particular challenges present in a historically male-dominated field. She also stresses the need for women to develop their own, unique negotiation style that maximizes their individual skills.

The three interviewees – Martha Crowninshield, Catherine Donaher, and Alice Flynn – add personal experiences to Kolb’s theoretical framework. Reflecting on their personal negotiation backgrounds as lawyers, consultants and labor negotiators, the women articulate the importance of preparation, relationships, empathy, and mindfulness in successful negotiations.

Finally, Women Negotiate provides advice for dealing with difficult tactics, such as intimidation, manipulation, and patronization. The women negotiators discuss the effective use of humor, controlled anger, silence and process moves as practical ways to deal with difficult tactics.

Women Negotiate was produced with the Simmons College Graduate School of Management and the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School. Deborah Kolb is Professor of Management at Simmons School of Management and is the Founder and Co-Director of its Center for Gender in Organizations.

 

Women Negotiate Attributes

Time required:
Less than 30 minutes
Teaching Notes Available:
No
Run Time:
28 minutes
Produced by:
Simmons College Graduate School of Management, 1989
Teaching notes available:

PON Teaching Negotiation Resource Center

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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.