The Effect of Level of Negotiation Support Systems and Cultural Diversity on Coalition Formation: A Content Analysis

The Effect of Level of Negotiation Support Systems and Cultural Diversity on Coalition Formation: A Content Analysis

Xiaojia Guo (National University of Singapore, Singapore), John Lim (National University of Singapore, Singapore) and Fei Wang (National University of Singapore, Singapore)
Copyright: © 2008 |Pages: 13
DOI: 10.4018/irmj.2008100105
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Abstract

This article is an attempt to investigate the role of negotiation support systems (NSSs) in supporting inter-team negotiations, which have become commonplace for today’s business negotiations. Inter-team negotiations differ from simple dyadic negotiations, and are associated with enormous complexity introduced by the negotiating team dynamics. When there are three or more members in a negotiating team, coalition formation by team members stands out as an intriguing phenomenon, of which cultural diversity is a primary antecedent. NSSs through altering coalition formation dynamics have important impacts on various negotiation outcomes. An experiment was conducted to test our research model and hypotheses. A content analysis was undertaken to measure the extent of coalition formation. Besides the quantitative approach, a qualitative analysis was also conducted to further enhance our exploratory efforts in examining the phenomenon. The results provide initial evidence of the usefulness of NSSs in supporting inter-team negotiations and have both theoretical and practical implications.

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