Negotiating Rationally

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Negotiating Rationally

By Max H. Bazerman, Margaret Ann Neale
Free Press, January, 1994

In Negotiating Rationally, Max Bazerman and Margaret Neale explain how to avoid the pitfalls of irrationality and gain the upper hand in negotiations.

For example, managers tend to be overconfident, to recklessly escalate previous commitments, and fail to consider the tactics of the other party. Drawing on their research, the authors show how we are prisoners of our own assumptions. They identify strategies to avoid these pitfalls in negotiating by concentrating on opponents’ behavior and developing the ability to recognize individual limitations and biases. They explain how to think rationally about the choice of reaching an agreement versus reaching an impasse. A must read for business professionals.

Selected Editorial Reviews
The information in Bazerman and Neale's book has been central to developing the most popular course in the curriculum at the J. L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern. It has proved to be extraordinarily useful to managers and executives throughout our executive education programs. Their work brings together negotiation analysis and social and cognitive psychology to create unique insights for the practical manager. With the knowledge that I have acquired from the book, I am looking forward to negotiating with them on a more level playing field.
Donald P. Jacobs, Dean, J. L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management
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