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Supply Chain Management


Analysis and Reflection Paper for Supply Chain Management

Negotiations is not a preserve of a particular class of people but it applies to a broad spectrum of
different ages, people, conflict resolutions and to any other forms of bargaining’s and
settlements. Most negotiations fail when the parties fail to recognize a good opportunity to attain
their goal relatively or to obtain a better or a more convenient negotiation term.

  1. When I was growing up, our family had many disputes concerning my grandfather’s
    inheritance. My three uncles were determined to lock out my father and the only auntie I had
    from their fair share of inheritance. The huge farmhouse that we lived in, the expansive wheat
    farm together with the dairy cattle that we had in the farm were always a subject of bitter quarrel
    between my uncles and my father. Most of the time I found myself trying to negotiate a
    settlement between the two groups. (Adler, Rosen & Silverstein, 1998)
    My uncles insisted that my father had to decide either to keep the farmhouse or the farm, which
    included the dairy cattle and the wheat farm. My father had his eyes fixed on the farm together
    with all the properties in the farm. His argument was that it would be unreasonable to live in the

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farm without the farm and the dairy cattle as they form the bulk of the earnings for the farm. My
uncles thought that it would be totally unfair to keep the farm house, the wheat farm and the
dairy cattle while the three of them shared two other family homes and vehicles.
To be effective, I decided to search for solutions that would meet or satisfy relatively the
interests of both parties without hardening any stands or asserting specific demands or positions.
The best strategy would be to achieve some concessions which are basically consistent with
concerns and also needs among the two groups.
I decided to carry out an enquiry on the different needs of the parties and conducted the first
meeting where the two parties traded their differences instead of battling over the available
limited resources. (Adler, Rosen & Silverstein, 1996)

  1. The Best Alternative To a Negotiated Agreement was that the farm together with the farm
    house could be sold and the proceeds divided equally among the five members of the family. But
    the two groups were determined to be part and parcel of the farm. None of them even suggested
    that the farm should be sold instead their idea of alternative was to hire out the farm to a third
    party and the earnings shared equally among them. But the situation was that the farm was
    heavily mortgaged and the chances of selling it were very remote while the hiring charges to
    third parties were also uneconomical as the hiring charges were very low and not profitable,
    The BATNA could not succeed in both instances. The prevailing conditions made it impossible
    to implement the BATNA. The best strategy however was to manage the property under trust
    and the earnings shared out among them. (Fisher, Ury and Patton, 1991)

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A win-win situation or scenario would be preferable to me as the two parties would get at least a
minimum of their demands but their position would improve relatively their current status. A
win-lose would be unfair or even unacceptable to some of the parties.

  1. Conflicts arose later on when one of the uncles took upon himself to be supplying all the farm
    supplies without proper authority and clear accountability. The contracts to supply medical
    services, seeds, fertilizers and also other requirements were overstated in terms of prices and
    their quality was also below the normal standards in the industry. (Behfar, Peterson, Mannis &
    Trochim, 2008)
    The problem was that clear policies were not implemented and there were so many loopholes
    that were not properly addressed and the management was susceptible to exploitation by the
    dishonest family members. The negotiation teams failed to address the procurement procedures
    and integrity standards for the farm supplies.
    The major element of the negotiation exercise was to identify the real negotiation issues and the
    major objective of the negotiations. Identification of the negotiation issues and the objectives
    were applied when defining and identifying the issues in the farm conflict. I would prefer to use
    the same strategy of identifying the conflict issues and addressing them effectively.
  2. To achieve the most in the shortest time possible when negotiating, the parties must decide
    before hand the aims and goals of each session during negotiation. The underlying interests
    should be revealed and identified. The current demands and whether there is need for continued
    relationship. The negotiation should be viewed differently if it’s meant to enhance more business
    relationship. All the priorities should be clearly identified before reaching an agreement or a
    bargain. Each party should try to understand the needs, values and issues affecting the other

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parties. The information acquisition stage should be utilized to confirm and also analyze all the
available information on both parties in order to create viable and lasting solutions.
Maintaining a relationship would enhance better understanding of the needs, values and issues
affecting the other parties which will assist in obtaining better and viable solutions.
Different cultures attach different forms attachment to relationships. Some cultures are closed
and they prefer to maintain their own conservative cultures without any interference from any
quarters like the Hindu culture. The Americans are outgoing, liberal and are ready to embrace
and interact with different cultures. Closer relationships results in better negotiations and more
viable and creative bargains. It’s easier to work with liberal persons like the Americans than the
Hindus who are very conservative. (Lewicki, Saunders, Barry, & Minton, 2004)

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Adler, R.S, Rosen, B. & Silverstein, E. (1996) Thrust and parry: The art of tough negotiation,
training and development, 50, 42 – 48.
Adler, R.S, Rosen, B. & Silverstein, E. (1998) Emotions in Negotiations: How to manage fear
and anger, Negotiation Journal, 14, 161 – 179.

Behfar, K. J., Peterson, R. S., Mannis, E. A., & Trochim, W. M. K. (2008). The critical role of
conflict resolution in teams: A close look at the links between conflict type, conflict
management strategies, and team outcomes. Journal of Applied Psychology, 93, 170-188.

Fisher, R., Ury, W. and Patton, B. (1991). Getting to Yes: negotiating Agreement Without Giving
In. Second Edition. New York: Penguin Books.
Lewicki, R.J., Saunders, D.M., Barry, B. B. & Minton, J. W. (2004) Essentials of Negotiation,
New York, McGraw-Hill Higher Education.

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