Complex Business Negotiation: Understanding Preparation and Planning

Morten Lindholst

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    Most scholars agree that engaging in preparation and planning is key to a negotiation’s effectiveness but research has largely focused solely on what happens at the negotiation table, rather than in preparation for it. This thesis addresses the balance by clarifying which preparation and planning activities are undertaken to conduct a complex business negotiation. It examines not only what activities are conducted, but also by whom, and when. One important question for both practitioners and researchers alike is the extent to which practitioners follow the recommendations of what is an extensive and highly varied literature on negotiation preparation. A review of the literature enabled a comprehensive activity checklist to be developed which, coupled with a number of propositions about how preparation could be expected to be conducted, formed the foundation for the data collection and analysis. The bulk of research into negotiation uses data drawn from populations in experimental design settings. However, this study follows a qualitative research design, which has multiple sources of inquiry and which draws upon data grounded in a large global, industrial company and, thereby, contributes to the limited selection of negotiation research that is conducted outside of university settings.
    Original languageEnglish
    Place of PublicationFrederiksberg
    PublisherCopenhagen Business School [Phd]
    Number of pages330
    ISBN (Print)9788793339422
    ISBN (Electronic)9788793339439
    Publication statusPublished - 2015
    SeriesPhD series

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