Strategies and Processes of Negotiation

This course will be an introduction to the science and art of negotiations. Students will develop a systematic approach to negotiation that is founded in psychological theory and will harness their own unique negotiation style derived from insights during in-class negotiation exercises. Over three days, the course will build cumulatively from seemingly simple single issue negotiations to more complex negotiations which involve multiple issues, multiple parties, and enduring relationships between parties. Participants will use in-class experiences to hone their negotiations skills, to learn about common mistakes people make and how to correct them, and to cultivate negotiation strategies which are appropriately systematic as well as flexible. The course will be comprised of lectures, negotiation exercises, and discussion, and will require student preparation prior to in-class exercises. The course will finish with a practice job negotiation.
Course capacity: 30.
Course fee: $10.

Dates & Times

Sunday, August 7th, 9 am – Noon
Wednesday, August 10th, 6 – 9 PM
Saturday, August 13th, 9 am – 1 pm

Session Descriptions


This session will go through the basic psychological theory underlying distributive and single-issue negotiations, including common biases and heuristics that people typically encounter. We’ll discuss how and why these biases emerge, as well as how to utilize them to maximize personal gains in single issue, two-party negotiations.

Creation of Value

This session will focus on integrative, multi-issue negotiations. In integrative negotiations, cooperation between parties can produce value which enables both parties obtain favorable outcomes. We will discuss the differences between value claiming versus value creating, as well as strategies for effectively discerning your negotiation partners’ interests. We’ll reflect on our default negotiation styles and develop tactics to become more flexible negotiators.

Long-term Relationships, Multi-party Negotiations, and the Sociocultural Intangibles

This session will cover negotiations in the context of long-term relationships, exploring how continued involvement with an opposing party both generates opportunities for value creation as well as limits negotiation tactics. We’ll also learn how to navigate negotiations with multiple parties who have competing interests, and we’ll talk about how to deal with sociocultural intangibles, such as gender, cultural norms, and nonverbal cues, which can influence negotiation outcomes.


Liz Necka, TA, Negotiations Course, Booth School of Business

Liz is a PhD candidate in psychology at the University of Chicago. Broadly stated, Liz researches the reciprocal influences of social and biological processes on human behavior.  In one line of research, she examines how hormones which fluctuate across the menstrual cycle are associated with women’s social behaviors. In her other line of research, she examines how digital interactions and social relationships are related to loneliness and feelings of social isolation, with an eye towards developing effective interventions for loneliness. Liz taught the MyChoice Strategies and Processes of Negotiations E2 Course last summer, and has also taught multiple courses to University of Chicago undergraduates and PhD students and Booth MBA students, including Negotiations at Booth School of Business. Liz will be beginning a position as a postdoctoral IRTA fellow at the NIH in the fall