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Emotional intelligence and counterpart mood induction in a negotiation

Jennifer S. Mueller (Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA)
Jared R. Curhan (Sloan School of Management, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA)

International Journal of Conflict Management

ISSN: 1044-4068

Article publication date: 1 May 2006




This paper aims to identify whether emotional intelligence relates to counterpart outcome satisfaction in negotiation contexts.


A negotiation simulation and a pre‐established measure of emotional intelligence were employed.


In Study 1, multi‐level models revealed that a participant's ability to understand emotion positively predicted his or her counterpart's outcome satisfaction. Study 2 replicates and extends this finding by showing the counterpart's outcome satisfaction, assessment of liking, and desire to negotiate again with the participant.

Practical implications

The mechanisms identifying how participants with high levels of understanding emotion induced their counterparts with positive affect were not examined.


This is the first empirical article to show a relationship between emotional intelligence and counterpart outcome satisfaction in a negotiation context.



Mueller, J.S. and Curhan, J.R. (2006), "Emotional intelligence and counterpart mood induction in a negotiation", International Journal of Conflict Management, Vol. 17 No. 2, pp. 110-128.



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