Journal article

Mutually Dependent: Power, Trust, Affect and the Use of Deception in Negotiation

Mara Olekalns, Philip L Smith

JOURNAL OF BUSINESS ETHICS | SPRINGER | Published : 2009

Abstract

Using a simulated two-party negotiation, we examined how trustworthiness and power balance affected deception. In order to trigger deception, we used an issue that had no value for one of the two parties. We found that high cognitive trust increased deception whereas high affective trust decreased deception. Negotiators who expressed anxiety also used more deception whereas those who expressed optimism also used less deception. The nature of the negotiating relationship (mutuality and level of dependence) interacted with trust and negotiators' affect to influence levels of deception. Deception was most likely to occur when negotiators reported low trust or expressed negative emotions in the ..

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