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The Meaning of Intuition for the Negotiation Process and Outcome

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Intuition is a useful tool for negotiators, as negotiations are often highly complex endeavors in which people make holistic judgments with incomplete information and no time for deliberation. Therefore, one might expect that intuition greatly influences negotiations and their outcomes and that negotiators would use intuition to their advantage. However, there is almost no systematic research into the meaning of intuition for negotiation. In this conceptual paper, drawing on five interviews of experienced negotiators, we apply general research on intuition to the specific case of negotiation and find that negotiators use intuition specifically for attribution and social interaction. We distinguish different intuition attitudes; identify preparation, time, and negotiation stages as relevant drivers for the use of intuition in negotiation; clarify the distinction between intuition and routine; and shine new light on the concept of domain-specific knowledge.

Original languageEnglish
JournalNegotiation Journal
Pages (from-to)309-329
Number of pages21
Publication statusPublished - 2020

    Research areas

  • Negotiation, Intuition, Attribution, Social interaction, Domai-specific knowledge

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