Multi-issue offers strategy and joint gains in negotiations: How low-trust negotiators get things done

Jingjing Yao, Jeanne M. Brett, Zhi Xue Zhang*, Jimena Ramirez-Marin

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In three studies, we investigate a new low-trust path to negotiate joint gains. Study 1 used meta-analytical evidence to establish that frequent use of multi-issue offers (MIOs) predicts joint gains, even after controlling for use of information sharing. Study 2 used a senior manager sample and showed that low-trust negotiators used MIOs more frequently than high-trust negotiators, and negotiators who use MIOs and also processed information with a holistic rather than analytic mindset generated more accurate insight and higher joint gains. Study 3 used an experimental design and examined the full path through which low-trust negotiators rely on MIOs to develop insight and reach joint gains. By proposing and testing a new low-trust path to joint gains, this research increases our understanding of trust in negotiations and provides practical advice for negotiators who are themselves low-trust or who face low-trust counterparts.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)9-23
Number of pages15
JournalOrganizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes
StatePublished - Jan 2021


  • Holistic mindset
  • Joint gains
  • Meta-analysis
  • Multi-issue offer
  • Negotiation
  • Trust

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Psychology
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management


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