Group decision and negotiation focuses on complex and self-organizing processes that constitute multi-participant, multi-criteria, ill-structured, dynamic, and often evolutionary problems. Major approaches include: (1) applied game theory, experiment and social choice, (2) cognitive and behavioral sciences as applied to group decision and negotiation, (3) conflict analysis and resolution (4) software, specifically group decision support systems (GDSS) and negotiation support systems (GDNSS), (5) artificial intelligence, and (6) management science as related to group decision-making. Many research initiatives combine two or more of these fields.
In defining the domain of group decision and negotiation, the term "group" is interpreted to comprise all multiplayer contexts. Thus, organizational decision support systems providing organization-wide support are included. Group decision and negotiation refers to the whole process or flow of activities relevant to reaching a group decision, and not merely to the final choice - aspects of the process in group decision and negotiation include scanning, communication and information sharing, problem definition (representation) and evolution, alternative generation, and social-emotional interaction.
Areas of application include, among others, intra-organizational coordination (as in operations management and integrated design, production, finance, marketing and distribution, including coordination of all phases of the product life cycle), computer supported collaborative work and meetings, computer-supported negotiations including internet-supported negotiations and negotiating agents, labor-management negotiations, inter-organizational, intercultural negotiations, environmental negotiations, etc. See the Journal Group Decision and Negotiation for further illustrations of the scope of the field of Group Decision and Negotiation.
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GDN research has been growing and new research directions have been proposed. We encourage you to present research pertinent to Group Decision and Negotiation which does not fit any of the above areas.