PurchTips - Edition # 42
Guide To International Negotiation Planning
By Charles Dominick, SPSM, SPSM2, SPSM3
Tips From The Purchasing Expert Panel
This article is our second in a series featuring a "Purchasing Expert Panel" - experienced individuals who share their insights to help you became a better purchaser. Next Level Purchasing posed this question to the panel: "What should a supply manager do differently when preparing for international negotiations compared to preparing for domestic negotiations?" Here are the panel's responses...
"All negotiations require clear objectives, a well thought out strategy, and a plan for implementing the objectives and strategy. When preparing for international negotiations the supply manager should give careful thought to the culture of the other party, the implications of cultural differences for his/her negotiation strategy and plan, and the implications of international currency exchange rates. The supply manager should also recognize that cross-cultural negotiations may take much longer due to differences in language, culture, and business practices."
"There is one truism in negotiations and that is that the side that plans and prepares the best, wins. If the supply manger does a good job preparing for negotiations domestically then besides learning local customs and culture there is not too much of a difference in preparation for international negotiations. Unfortunately too many supply managers do very little preparation for negotiations and as a result give much more than they get. Just as in domestic negotiations, for international negotiations it is important to:
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