An Analysis of Negotiations

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An Analysis of Negotiations Introduction The order in which things are said is almost as important as what is said, and in some cases it is even more important. This has been a long-recognized fact in the world of rhetoric and basic composition from time immemorial. It is only relatively recently, however, that this fundamental truth has been explicitly and consciously explored in the realm of negotiating and information strategy. The additional factor of who receives what information at what time, and the order in which separate entities are approached with different pieces of information, adds a similar but exponentially complicating factor to information exchanges during a negotiating practice. This was made very clear during the Harborco negotiations, as our team was able to use effective negotiation sequencing to our advantage. By striking certain deals first, supplying information and signaling intentions and plans selectively and on a time- and order-specific basis, the Harborco negotiations were handled more smoothly and more effectively than might otherwise have been the case. Effective Sequencing Through a series of increasingly complex examples and a sound explanation of what is ultimately relatively straightforward probability theory, Sebenius makes the importance of sequencing in negotiations and deal-making quite clear. There are many reasons that one party to negotiations might have their willingness to agree with certain deals or take certain actions

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