Barney Jordaan and David Venter
Vlerick Business School
While various forms of unethical behavior might arise in the context of negotiation,1 this chapter deals with one of the most common forms of unethical negotiation behavior, deception. The term may be defined as behavior intended to âintentionally cause another person to have false beliefsâ (Carson, Wokutch, and Murrmann 1982).2 Deception may take on a variety of forms, including the withholding of relevant information, lying, or taking advantage of anotherâs information deficit (Hames 2012, 268).
Lies and deceit come as naturally to negotiators as to people in general: âLying is ...