Strategically Managing Negotiation Linkage Dynamics

  • Larry Crump


Negotiation linkage (the way in which one negotiation influences the process or outcome of another) presents challenges that are complex and real. Based on field research, this qualitative study examines four linked‐bilateral trade treaty negotiations conducted by Australia, Chile, the European Union, Singapore, and the United States to establish theoretical understanding about the strategic management of negotiation linkage dynamics. Several outcomes are achieved through case analysis. This study (a) introduces “degree of linkage dynamics” (robust, moderate, or modest) as a concept and concludes that it is determined by structural and contextual factors, (b) develops a framework of linked party action, (c) establishes guidance for managing opportunistic behavior in linked negotiations, (d) builds a six‐part typology of strategic techniques that can produce tangible gains in linked negotiations, and (e) examines research opportunities to further extend negotiation linkage theory. Research methodology developed in this study serves as a model for investigating negotiation linkage dynamics.

Keywords: international trade negotiation, role theory, linkage techniques, strategic opportunities and challenges, negotiation linkage dynamics

How to Cite:

Crump, L., (2010) “Strategically Managing Negotiation Linkage Dynamics”, Negotiation and Conflict Management Research 3(1), 3-27. doi:

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Published on
13 Jan 2010
Peer Reviewed