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When Negotiations Become Routine

  • The aim of this paper is to apply the insights of recent research on routine in the context of repeated negotiations. To demonstrate the link between both concepts, we introduce an analytical framework, based on which we identify different negotiation situations in which routine can develop. Following various definitions, we distinguish two dimensions of the negotiation process: a problem solving dimension and a communication dimension which imply and determine the dimensions of our framework, namely: the degree of substance standardization in negotiated deals and variability of negotiation partners respectively. We introduce the concept of a critical skill set and argue that in repeated negotiations, it can be reduced to the part which is relevant for coping with the dimension that remains unstable or non-standard throughout repetitions. Moreover, we demonstrate that our framework is inherently dynamic and we illustrate this with simplified business examples. Keywords: negotiation, routine, knowledge, skills, context changes

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Document Type:Working Paper
Author:Peter KestingORCiD, Remigiusz SmolinskiORCiD
Chairs and Professorships:Chair of Microeconomics
Center:Center for International Negotiation (CIN)
Year of Completion:2006