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EFFECTS OF TIME PRESSURE AND ACCOUNTABILITY TO CONSTITUENTS ON NEGOTIATION

Igor Mosterd (University of Nijmegen, The Netherlands)
Christel G. Rutte (Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands)

International Journal of Conflict Management

ISSN: 1044-4068

Publication date: 1 March 2000

Abstract

A laboratory experiment examined the effects of time pressure (high versus low) and accountability to constituents (not‐accountable‐to‐constituents versus accountable‐to‐constituents) on the competitiveness of negotiators' interaction and on the outcome (i.e., agreement or impasse) of the negotiation. Using a newly developed negotiation game with the payoff structure of a game of chicken, we predicted and found an interaction effect. Based on the pattern of results we conclude that the effect of time pressure is contingent on the accountability to constituents of the negotiator. When negotiators are negotiating only for themselves, time pressure makes the negotiators act less competitive, and a higher proportion of the negotiations will result in an agreement. In contrast, when negotiators are negotiating on behalf of their con‐stituents, time pressure will result in more competitive interaction and in a higher proportion of impasses.

Citation

Mosterd, I. and Rutte, C.G. (2000), "EFFECTS OF TIME PRESSURE AND ACCOUNTABILITY TO CONSTITUENTS ON NEGOTIATION", International Journal of Conflict Management, Vol. 11 No. 3, pp. 227-247. https://doi.org/10.1108/eb022841

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