International and Cross-Cultural Negotiation

International and Cross-Cultural Negotiation

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WEEK 1 : Culture & Negotiation
Here we will guide you to a deeper understanding of cultures by looking at the way they differ along a small number of common dimensions - approaches to risk, to authority, to the individual, to time, etc. We will help you to avoid simplifications - clichés, stereotypes and labels - that are unhelpful and can even be harmful.

WEEK 2 : The impact of culture on the process dimension of negotiation
In this module we focus your attention on different aspects of communication, both verbal and non-verbal, and show you how cultural differences are important to them. We show you how constructive dialogue in cross-cultural negotiation depends on understanding many differences in behaviour - from variations in etiquette and politeness to the way emotions are expressed, or are hidden.

WEEK 3 : The impact of culture on the people dimension of negotiation
This module is concerned with maintaining an equilibrium in how much importance we give to culture, to context and to personality during cross-cultural negotiation. It provides you practical advice on how to keep a sensible balance between those elements and also examines different adaptation strategies that you can follow, depending on your familiarity with the other negotiator’s culture. 

WEEK 4 : Specific examples
In the final module particular national and regional negotiating styles are examined - French, Chinese, US and Middle Eastern - so as to highlight some of the most pertinent contrasts for international negotiators. In addition multilateral and multicultural negotiation settings are examined - by focusing on European Union institutions, and on the recent COP 21 climate negotiations in Paris, we look at the importance of processes in cross-cultural negotiation success. All of this will help you analyze and explore your own negotiation culture. 




Aurélien Colson
Professor, ESSEC Business School - Director, IRENE Paris, Singapore & Brussels
Political Science

Alan Jenkins


The École supérieure des sciences économiques et commerciales (more commonly known as ESSEC Business School or ESSEC) is a leading French business and management school, founded in 1907 as a not-for-profit association (under the French law of 1901), with its main campus in Cergy. It also has branches in La Défense, Rabat and Singapore, which are used in particular for the ESSEC Global BBA and ESSEC Executive MBA programmes.

Founded by Jesuits in response to the creation of HEC Paris, it remained independent of any chamber of commerce and industry for a long time before coming under the control of the Versailles Chamber of Commerce and Industry in 1981, which became the Paris Île-de-France Chamber of Commerce and Industry in 2013. It is a member of the CY Alliance, formerly the Université Paris-Seine.

The ESSEC group offers a wide range of management courses, in particular through its 'Grande École Programme', a post-graduate preparatory course leading to a Master's degree. It also offers a BBA (Bachelor in Business Administration), specialised masters (MS), an MBA and doctorates.


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