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Issues in Negotiation: How to Solve a Problem
Negotiators can often fail to understand the real underlying issues of a problem. Meaning, these negotiators lack a key insight into what the basis for the negotiation really is. All too often, negotiators don't train themselves to identify and frame the issues in negotiation to resolve. Negotiation skills courses often emphasize that if this crucial first step of the negotiation process is not addressed properly, it's quite likely that the rest of the negotiation process
Negotiating with WalMart Buyers
WalMart, the world's largest retailer, sold $514.4 billion worth of goods in 2019. With its single-minded focus on "EDLP" (everyday low prices) and the power to make or break; suppliers, a partnership with Walmart is either the Holy Grail or the kiss of death, depending on one's perspective. There are numerous media accounts of the corporate monolith riding its suppliers into the ground. But what about those who manage to survive, and thrive, while dealing with the classic
How Microsoft Outnegotiated Netscape in the Browser War
Microsoft vs. Netscape: Strategies Back in 1996, Steve Case’s AOL was urgently seeking a top-notch internet browser to market AOL's products. Both Bill Gates’ Microsoft and Netscape Navigator were vying with AOL to take them on as a client. In terms of their best alternative (BATNA), Netscape held a decisive advantage due to its strong technical superiority and dominance in the browser market. Microsoft was just in the process of entering the market and held a fledgling
Trust Building in a Trilateral China Japan Western Negotiation
by - Dr Bob March
Mar 14-31, 2022 Sales Negotiation Americas ONLINE Book Now Mar 14-31, 2022 Procurement Negotiation Americas ONLINE Book Now Mar 14-24, 2022 Negotiation Cornerstones Americas ONLINE Book Now Overview This complex, ongoing negotiation involves three countries, each with players who have their own agenda and preferred outcome. Although at the time of writing the negotiation had yet to become hard-nosed regarding price, delivery, and technology, it shows how relationships
Nepal-india Water Negotiations (Power Asymmetry)
Nepal–India Water Negotiations (Power Asymmetry)
Asymmetry of Power Between Nepal and India India is 40 times larger in land area than Nepal, and India was hungry to meet its increasing electrical power needs. Nepal is one of the poorest nations in the world. It's also economically linked to India due to its geographic situation. However, Nepal’s water wealth is enormous. Several studies revealed that 89 sites within Nepal are potentially capable of producing 30 gigawatts (GW) of hydroelectric power to energy-starved
Business Expansion Woven From Trust
Business Expansion Woven From Trust
Become a part of a foreign society Another example of someone who fitted in completely with the Chinese is the China trader Paul Winestock, who had been dealing with the Chinese since the 1960s. As a trader of textiles in China during the 1960s and 1970s, Winestock built up a large network of customers and friendly officials. One of the latter, who had known him since he was a young man living in drafty provincial hotels with no dining room, was Li Haoran, who had first appointed Winestock
Camp David Third Party Intervener
There are occasions when negotiating parties cannot see the forest for the trees. They are unable to see past their own goals and interests which prevent them from arriving at a successful negotiated multiparty agreement. These are the instances when a third party intervener can help both parties find a solution to the dilemma that is plaguing their talks that have likely stalled. The Egyptian and Israeli conflict of the mid 1970’s posed that kind of dilemma. There were also
The Cost of Death on Chinese Roads
by - Dr Bob March
Mar 14-31, 2022 Sales Negotiation Americas ONLINE Book Now Mar 14-31, 2022 Procurement Negotiation Americas ONLINE Book Now Mar 14-24, 2022 Negotiation Cornerstones Americas ONLINE Book Now Overview Mark Rogers is an English expatriate in Beijing, where he is the finance director of the branch of a U.S. multinational. He has been in China for seven years, during most of which he has held a Chinese driving license and driven on Chinese roads. In 2004, he was driving to the famous
The Panama Canal Negotiations
The successful construction of the Panama Canal was one of the world's great engineering feats. The negotiations to complete and build this vital connector between two oceans spans decades. The cost in human lives, suffering, and capital staggers the imagination. It all began in 1847 when the United States entered in a treaty with New Granada (later to be know as Colombia), allowing the U.S. a transit passage over the Isthmus of Panama. The treaty guaranteed Panama's neutrality
Contract Renegotiation with the Chilean Government
Negotiation value In the 1960s, Kennecott (Rio Tinto), a US company, was about to enter into renegotiation over its contract with the government of Chile concerning its El Teniente copper mine. At the time, Chile’s best alternative (BATNA) appeared overwhelmingly strong as the government took a strong pro-sovereignty stance toward foreign management of its natural resources. Can we take some lessons for our mortgage renegotiations? The government of Chile was politically
Enron case
A Negotiation Case Study: Exploring the Enron Case in India
Case Conditions In the early 1990s, the US energy giant Enron decided it needed to diversify. This meant expanding its growth abroad with emerging countries. In June of 1992, Enron engaged in negotiations with the government of India. Enron had identified the state of Maharashtra to negotiate a major energy project. Maharashtra was the third largest state in India with a population of roughly 79M, containing India’s commercial capital of Mumbai. The Congress Party governed
China Australia case
Scientists and Bureaucrats - Orientation Issues
by - Dr Bob March
Mar 14-31, 2022 Sales Negotiation Americas ONLINE Book Now Mar 14-31, 2022 Procurement Negotiation Americas ONLINE Book Now Mar 14-24, 2022 Negotiation Cornerstones Americas ONLINE Book Now Overview This case study involves attempts to set up a bilateral scientific research arrangement involving Chinese scientists and Australian government representatives based in the nation’s capital, Canberra. The discussions are ongoing. Three face-to-face meetings between
Gaming in Shanghai
by - Dr Bob March
Mar 14-31, 2022 Sales Negotiation Americas ONLINE Book Now Mar 14-31, 2022 Procurement Negotiation Americas ONLINE Book Now Mar 14-24, 2022 Negotiation Cornerstones Americas ONLINE Book Now Overview HyperHawk, one of the world’s major providers of global supply management software and services, helps companies reduce costs through efficient product and services sourcing. At the time of writing, HyperHawk had handled more than $50 billion worth of products and services
Andorra
Andorra Versus the European Community (EC)
Andorra Versus the EC: Negotiations As a vestige of Charlemagne’s Empire, Andorra is a small land-locked principality snuggled between France and Spain. The President of France and the Bishop of Ugrell of Spain jointly govern Andorra as co-princes. They hold sovereign power over the principality except on issues of economic and social matters. Two parallel agreements ruled Andorra's trade, negotiated between France and Spain. When the EU negotiated to admit Spain into
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How Giving Face in China Translates to Negotiation Success
by - Dr Bob March
Mar 14-31, 2022 Sales Negotiation Americas ONLINE Book Now Mar 14-31, 2022 Procurement Negotiation Americas ONLINE Book Now Mar 14-24, 2022 Negotiation Cornerstones Americas ONLINE Book Now Overview Rod Zemanek, the principal negotiator, designer and Project Manager of an Australian chemical engineering consultancy, (Predict Pty Ltd) has a warning for those wanting to do business in China: “Many Chinese see it as their patriotic duty to shoot down foreigners, so you
Creative Problem Solving In Negotiations
Creative Problem-Solving in Negotiations
Creative Problem-Solving All too often, negotiators can become bound as they commit to taking a competitive approach to their negotiation. As a result, they don't allow themselves to be flexible or to consider a creative approach. Taking a versatile approach with outside-the-box thinking can generate more value from the negotiations. On the other hand, a common error committed by those who believe they are taking the win-win approach to their talks is to overcompensate
Power in Negotiation
Components of Successful Negotiations There are many occasions when a smaller company will want to form a negotiation partnership with a larger organization to further their business objectives. There are two hurdles that the smaller company might have to overcome to succeed in the negotiation process. The first problem is to get the larger organization’s attention, as they may express little or no interest in the partnership. The second problem revolves around the prickly
Kuwait Invasion Negotiation Perspective
On a scorching summer day in August 1990, the citizens of Kuwait stared in puzzlement then fear at the encroaching dusty streams of what appeared to be a pending desert sandstorm. To their dismay and horror filled eyes, the quaking citizenry had become helpless witnesses to the advancing forces of once CIA asset Saddam Hussein's Iraqi army. Kuwaiti resistance was swept aside much like one casually brushes away a crumb from one’s lapel. Kuwait had been drilling laterally into
Lehman Leadership Negotiation Rivalry
Many people like to believe that the people in charge of the organizations that employ them are always working as a skillful trained negotiation team, united in working towards achieving unified goals and objectives. We like to believe that our management team has our company's best interests at heart. Well, sorry to stick a pin in this balloon, this case study illustrates a contrasting example. Situations such as the one shared in this case study occurs more often than many
bottle water - CHINESE WATER SELLING NEGOTIATION
Chinese Water Selling Negotiation
by - Dr Bob March
Mar 14-31, 2022 Sales Negotiation Americas ONLINE Book Now Mar 14-31, 2022 Procurement Negotiation Americas ONLINE Book Now Mar 14-24, 2022 Negotiation Cornerstones Americas ONLINE Book Now Overview Acqua International (AQ) is a Europe-based multinational company that has interests in water and other environment-related businesses. In China, the company has joint ventures with medium-size and large municipalities to produce and sell potable water. To increase its
 
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