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Using this lens, we focus on what is silenced or ignored in the field. 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.

Second generation issues shape how gender plays out in workplace negotiations. 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.

Gender in Negotiation

The challenge is to understand how parties enact negotiation in a particularly gendered way. Attending to these social processes expands the strategic repertoire necessary for effective negotiations and provides bargainers with opportunities to connect during the process. Similarly, Lisa Barron, in her studies of salary negotiation, identifies masculine and feminine orientations that are not necessarily defined by gender.

By the same token, a woman might take up the role of helper or concentrate on the relationship, again because she perceives that the context calls for her to behave in that way.

Breakthrough Bargaining – Harvard Business Review on Winning Negotiations [Book]

So the advice is directed only to women; namely, how can women overcome their deficiencies and better equip themselves to negotiate or how bargaiinng they strengthen their instrumental orientation to the task. Second, it fails to recognize that gender is hierarchically arrayed in society, and so to focus on difference is to accept a false symmetry in which the masculine emerges as the standard and the woman as the other.


Interdependence is created through the way negotiators connect with each other to appreciate and understand how their lives are intertwined. Initially cast as individual differences, the field has moved to an interpretive and fluid conception of gender.

This type of asymmetry has created double binds for women in other research arenas.

Bteakthrough than viewing it as a give and take or as a finite problem-solving process, negotiation can change the very definition of a dispute. Consider, for example, the opportunity structure in one organization.

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An Evaluation of the Evidence. Looking at negotiation through a postmodern lens highlights bargaibing sources and consequences of these power inequities. From this notion in extant theories, parties must be forced to recognize their joint dependence on each other by acknowledging that their fates are intertwined.

A feminist view of relationships calls for reframing such traditional concepts as interdependence and bargaining power.

Harvard Business Review on Winning Negotiations by Harvard Business Review

Working outside of the actual bargaining process, one party can suggest ideas or marshal support that can shape the agenda and influence how others view the negotiation.

Walters, Gender Breathrough in Negotiation Outcomes: Work on stereotyped threat in which negotiators are primed with particular gender stereotypes indicates how these expectations influence outcomes.

In this approach, interdependence is negotiated rather than surfacing as a residual or byproduct of an agreement. Does Gender Make a Difference? Individual Level and Gender Roles One way gender gets mobilized in negotiations concerns identity and how salient gender is to an individual negotiator. The micro-processes through which this occurs have been invisible in breathrough of the negotiation literature.


Kolb, Staying in the Game or Changing It: Second generation issues enacted in organizations define the contexts for negotiations. These organizational factors discipline women, as well as other marginal groups, and make gender issues salient in everyday negotiations.

A second conceptualization, promotive interdependence, stems from the integrative bargaining literature. First, the approach treats men and women as internally homogenous categories, yet we know there is considerable variability within the sexes. In this way, gender is not an individual characteristic, but both a means breakthdough an outcome of the ways parties socially construct negotiation. For women to achieve high joint gains, in this case profit, they need to be primed to pay more attention to their own needs.

Interaction Brakthrough and Gender Construction Gender can also become salient because others expect that and act as if gender matters. Why take Family Law Training with us?

From this bagraining, a focus on relationships, the skills of empathy, and the ability to manage conflict and competition simultaneously are thought although not explicitly tested to be advantageous in negotiations. Meta-analyses of these studies have shown only small statistically significant differences and on just two dimensions: The power and positioning of a negotiator are not finally established at the outset of the bargaining; but can be continually contested.