Negotiator bandwidth

Leigh Thompson*, Brian Lucas, Erika Hall

*Corresponding author for this work

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Negotiation theory is most useful to scholars and practitioners when it is applied across negotiation domains. However, negotiators often fail to do this and, instead, segment their negotiations by industry, life circumstance, or geographic location. In this chapter we introduce the concept of negotiation bandwidth, which is the ability of negotiators to use strategies across a wide range of negotiation situations. We argue that the ability to apply negotiation theory broadly across domains is critical to performance and learning. We identify three failures of negotiation bandwidth: domain myopia, the self-preoccupation effect, and the script hijack effect. We highlight the consequences of segmenting negotiations into situation-specific domains and discuss strategies for overcoming these failures of bandwidth.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationHandbook of Conflict Management Research
PublisherEdward Elgar Publishing Ltd.
Number of pages19
ISBN (Electronic)9781781006948
ISBN (Print)9781781006931
StatePublished - Jul 25 2014

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Economics, Econometrics and Finance(all)
  • Business, Management and Accounting(all)


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