Activating an Integrative Mindset Improves the Subjective Outcomes of Value-Driven Conflicts

  • Carolin Schuster (Leuphana University Lüneburg)
  • Fieke Harinck
  • Roman Trötschel (Leuphana University Lueneburg)


The present study tests the effectiveness of a mindset intervention in value-driven conflicts. We hypothesize that this intervention fosters integrative negotiation behaviors and subjective outcomes. In an experimental 2 (motive: value vs. utility) by 2 (intervention: mindset vs. control) design, 253 participants negotiated online with a simulated counterpart. In contrast to predictions, the mindset led to more integrative trade-offs among utility-driven but not value-driven negotiators. However, the results support the effectiveness of the mindset intervention to improve subjective outcomes of value-driven negotiators. Without the intervention, they perceive the negotiation as significantly less positive than utility-driven negotiators with the same objective outcome. In addition, explorative analyses show further interpersonal benefits of an integrative mindset: It counteracts an effect that value-driven negotiators respect their counterpart less as a person of equal worth than utility-driven negotiators. The implications of these findings for resolving value conflicts and improving tolerance between parties with different value priorities are discussed.

Keywords: social psychology, value conflict, mindset, integrative negotiation, experimental study

How to Cite:

Schuster, C. & Harinck, F. & Trötschel, R., (2022) “Activating an Integrative Mindset Improves the Subjective Outcomes of Value-Driven Conflicts”, Negotiation and Conflict Management Research 16(1). doi:


  • Negotiation and Team Resources (grant #20-20)



Published on
22 Nov 2022
Peer Reviewed