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Harvard Negotiation & Mediation Clinical Program

U.S. Defense Taskforce

 Lisa Dicker and Kathleen Kelly with Sara del Nido Budish  
Product number:
3 Pages
Product Type:
Role Play
For-Profit Trainers:
January 2017

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U.S. Defense Taskforce is a fast-paced simulation that challenges participants to be decision-oriented and think creatively while negotiating in a group.
The case opens when the zombie apocalypse has begun. Participants are part of a small committee in the United States Department of State entrusted to select the four people who will lead the effort of the United States in preparing for, surviving, and defeating the zombies.
This case can be taught in one hour and is ideal for courses on negotiation.

Learning Objectives 

• To gain experience in a multi-party negotiation.

• To explore how process impacts group decision-making in negotiation.

• To demonstrate the challenges of developing criteria against the backdrop of different kinds of information and participants’ differing or competing value systems.

• To explore the impact of alternatives to a negotiated agreement and deadlines on group decision making.

• To discuss challenges surrounding effective communication in a time-pressured, multi-party negotiation.

• To give participants an understanding of their default tendencies in negotiation.

Subjects Covered

Multi-party Negotiation, Communication, Group Decision Making


Geographic: United States

Industry: Government

Event Year Begin: N/A

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