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Preparing to Negotiate in a Globally Diverse Environment: An Examination of Chinese and Jewish Perspectives on Truth and Lies


David Allen Larson


Hamline University - School of Law

Chang Wang


Thomson Reuters

September 1, 2012

Hamline Journal of Public Law and Policy, Vol. 33, No. 2, 2012

Abstract:     
What are a negotiator’s ethical and moral obligations during a negotiation? Should a negotiator be dedicated to achieving the greatest value possible for his or her client even though that goal may appear to require some degree of deception? Does it make a difference whether a culture has a strong religious foundation and identity?

Different ethnicities and cultures obviously do not always agree as to what is right or wrong, true or false, or the degree to which one’s behavior must conform to those norms. This article will identify differing cultural perspectives towards negotiation in the course of a general discussion about negotiation but, in particular, the article will focus on how truthfulness and lying during negotiations is perceived in Chinese and Jewish culture. The following comparison between a culture that continues to develop and evolve under Communist rule and a culture that embraces long established religious values admittedly does not exhaust this complex and fascinating topic. The authors hope that readers not only find the comparison interesting and revealing, but also are inspired to further explore this cultural comparison as well as others. There always is a danger when one attempts sweeping generalizations and some of the following descriptions may be controversial. Consequently, additional dialogue is strongly encouraged. The article concludes with a “Suggestions for Instructors” section that explores additional cultural differences that can have a significant impact on both negotiations and negotiation teaching.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 30

Keywords: Negotiation,negotiate,contracts,cross-cultural,international,trade,business,China,Jewish,Chinese,Lie,Truth,Judaism,Talmud,Hebrew,communism,communist,ethics,religion,religious,moral,honest,ethical,ADR,alternative dispute resolution,Turkey,Confucius,Taoism.Buddhism,Confucianism,trust,Mishna,Gemara

JEL Classification: D74, F10, J52, K12, K40, M14, N75, O53, P30, P52, K39, K20, L14, M20

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Date posted: October 2, 2012  

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Larson, David Allen and Wang, Chang, Preparing to Negotiate in a Globally Diverse Environment: An Examination of Chinese and Jewish Perspectives on Truth and Lies (September 1, 2012). Hamline Journal of Public Law and Policy, Vol. 33, No. 2, 2012. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2155156

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David Allen Larson (Contact Author)
Hamline University - School of Law ( email )
1536 Hewitt Avenue
Saint Paul, MN 55104-1237
United States
Chang Wang
Thomson Reuters ( email )
610 Opperman Drive
Eagan, MN 55123
United States
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