Cover of The Handbook of Negotiation and Culture by Edited by Michele J. Gelfand and Jeanne M. Brett
The Handbook of Negotiation and Culture
Edited by Michele J. Gelfand and Jeanne M. Brett


480 pages.

Cloth ISBN: 9780804745864
Digital ISBN: 9780804766876


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In the global marketplace, negotiation frequently takes place across cultural boundaries, yet negotiation theory has traditionally been grounded in Western culture. This book, which provides an in-depth review of the field of negotiation theory, expands current thinking to include cross-cultural perspectives. The contents of the book reflect the diversity of negotiation—research-negotiator cognition, motivation, emotion, communication, power and disputing, intergroup relationships, third parties, justice, technology, and social dilemmas—and provides new insight into negotiation theory, questioning assumptions, expanding constructs, and identifying limits not apparent from working exclusively within one culture.

The book is organized in three sections and pairs chapters on negotiation theory with chapters on culture. The first part emphasizes psychological processes—cognition, motivation, and emotion. Part II examines the negotiation process. The third part emphasizes the social context of negotiation. A final chapter synthesizes the main themes of the book to illustrate how scholars and practitioners can capitalize on the synergy between culture and negotiation research.

About the author

Michele J. Gelfand is Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Maryland, College Park. Jeanne M. Brett is the DeWitt W. Buchanan, Jr., Distinguished Professor of Dispute Resolution and Organizations at the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University.

"The Handbook of Negotiation and Culture, edited by two of the foremost authorities on the topic, represents an important contribution to the literature. All negotiation researchers should explore the contents of this volume. Cultural researchers will want to study the details carefully."

—Max H. Bazerman,

Harvard Business School

"This book makes an important contribution to researchers of negotiation and

culture. It provides an excellent overview of research findings, encourages

new avenues for research, and is just plain exciting and thought-provoking."

—Lisa A. Barron, University of California, Irvine

"The Handbook of Negotiation and Culture: Theoretical Advances and Cross-cultural Perspectives is an excellent compilation of theory, reviews and commentary on culture and negotiation. This book will be a 'must' for negotiation researchers and sophisticated practitioners."

—Roy Lewicki, Fisher College of Business, The Ohio State University

"Two of the best informed academics at the interface of culture and negotiation select the savviest thinkers in the social psychology of negotiation. Each of these scholars is focused upon a key area in the negotiation process and asked to analyze the primary issues in their domain of expertise. Voila! The state-of-the-art is now in print. Negotiate it into your hands."

—Michael H. Bond, Department of Psychology, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

"The authors have succeeded in highlighting the myriad ways in which culture can affect how negotiators formulate their preferences, communicate about those preferences, and react to the deals they construct. As such, it is indeed a 'must read' for anyone who studies negotiation."

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