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Walters, Gender Differences in Negotiation Outcomes: So the advice is directed only to women; namely, how can women overcome their deficiencies and better equip themselves to negotiate or how can they strengthen their instrumental orientation to the task.

The framework of strategic moves—making value visible, raising the costs of the status quo, enlisting allies, and managing the process—is a new approach that enhances the stances at the table of negotiators who are in disadvantaged positions.

Power and control in negotiation are important matters but they have generally not been breakthrohgh from a process perspective. Because most of the gender research occurs in the laboratory, the focus has been primarily on individuals in interaction. From this perspective, gender is continually socially constructed, produced and reproduced.

In a paradoxical way, the common approach to thinking about interdependence hinges on individualistic notions of dependence and independence. In terms of gender, this means that one party to a negotiation can delegitimize the other party through making gender or other aspects of status and identity salient to the process.

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Interaction Level and Gender Construction Gender can also become salient because others expect that and act as bargajning gender matters. Appreciative moves alter the tone or atmosphere so that a more collaborative exchange is possible.


Does Gender Make a Difference? Accounting for these differences requires that there is some basis in biology, socialization, oolb theory, or entitlements to explain why they exist.

Without amending to these issues, even this contemporary work may reinforce existing sterotypes and practices. Interdependence is created through the way negotiators connect with each other to appreciate and understand how their lives are intertwined. Second, it fails to recognize that gender is hierarchically arrayed in society, and so to focus on brgaining is to accept a false symmetry in which the masculine emerges as the standard and the woman as the other.

To focus on gender difference—whether to bemoan it or celebrate it—treats gender as an essential individual and stable characteristic of men and women. This research in the organizational bargaininf focuses on second generation gender issues. The effort to identify bbreakthrough triggers that make gender more or less likely to be salient in a negotiation is another area of recent scholarship.

A second conceptualization, promotive interdependence, stems from the integrative bargaining literature. Rather than viewing it as a give and take or as a finite problem-solving process, negotiation can change the very definition of a dispute.

Delegitimizing one of the parties during a negotiation reduces the likelihood of a mutually beneficial outcome for both bargainers, unless the target is able to resist. They shift the dynamics of the shadow negotiation away from the adversarial–helping parties to save face–and thus build trust and encourage dialogue.

Aspiring leaders are expected to willingly take on developmental opportunities—to refuse may preclude another offer. Attending to these social processes expands the strategic repertoire necessary for effective negotiations and provides bargainers with opportunities to connect during the process.

Putnam, Through the Looking Glass: For those interested in Family Mediation training These studies also illustrate that participants are susceptible to enacting negotiation in a gendered way, especially when they are primed to do so. Although this work embraces an interactional view of gender, the research itself centers on outcomes rather than the micro processes that lead to them.


Breakthrough bargaining.

In essence, the guidelines for mutual gains negotiations—focusing on interests, identifying priorities, trading across differences—aim to promote interdependence.

Work by Michele Gelfand and her associates looks at what they call relational self-construal, that is, the degree to which negotiators access a relational self. Deborah Kolb and Judith Williams, whose book The Shadow Negotiation was the starting point for this article, say there are three strategies businesspeople can use to guide these hidden interactions.

Individual Level and Gender Roles One way gender gets mobilized in negotiations concerns identity brdakthrough how salient gender is to an individual negotiator. After many years of indifference, the study of gender is now an important area of scholarship in negotiation.

Second, the advice from this work may itself be gendered and subject to gender stereotypes that people use to judge behavior. Work on stereotyped threat in which negotiators are primed with particular gender stereotypes indicates how these expectations influence outcomes. First, the findings boil down to two points— either women are the same as men or they are different from them i. These strategies, such as casting the status quo in breajthrough unfavorable light, can help parties realize that they must negotiate: An Evaluation of the Evidence.

Furthermore, a gender lens offers a broad definition of negotiation—one that holds possibilities for transformative outcomes unimagined before the bargaining began.

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