It’s not uncommon in business negotiations to find yourself on the brink of impasse. You and your counterpart have exchanged a series of offers and counteroffers, and you’ve met somewhere close to the middle—but not close enough. With each side firmly rooted in its position, there may seem to be no way forward. … Read More
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What is Integrative Bargaining?
Integrative bargaining requires collaboration and trust so parties can create value through discussing multiple issues.
In integrative bargaining, creativity can lead to value-creation for both parties, as each side seeks to create an agreement beneficial to both parties. Through integrative bargaining, situations that initially look like win-lose negotiations can often be turned into opportunities for mutual gain and value creation
Of course, integrative bargaining has its limits, and the art of negotiation lies in simultaneously creating and claiming value, or “riding two different horses at the same time.”
One roadblock is that negotiators are often cautious about revealing too much information, yet integrative bargaining explicitly relies upon revealing preferences and interests. However, an emphasis on relationship building marks integrative bargaining’s approach as being oriented toward a long-term vision for future negotiations with your counterpart.
The following tactics will help you engage in successful integrative bargaining with competitors:
- Try breaking the problem down into more easily managed component parts. This constructs a multi-issue negotiation out of what at first is a single-issue negotiation, allowing both parties to make tradeoffs based upon their differing preferences.
- Identify like-minded “opponents.” Instead of viewing your opposition as a monolith, explore whether certain members on the other side may be interested in working with you on a deal.
- Be open to compromise. Getting some of what you want is better than getting nothing at all, so probe for areas where your interests overlap and focus on small wins. You may be able to achieve broader gains at a later date.
- Capitalize on momentum. Recognize when stakeholders are anxious to do a deal, and leverage their impatience.
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