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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company (February 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 039306946X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393069464
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 6.6 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,196,307 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“This brilliant book exposes the connections between negotiations and auctions, and will be indispensable for every professional involved in dealmaking.” (Robert Mnookin, author of Beyond Winning) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Guhan Subramanian, the Joseph Flom Professor of Law and Business at the Harvard Law School and the Douglas Weaver Professor of Business Law at the Harvard Business School, is the first person in the history of Harvard to hold tenured appointments at both schools. He lives in Newton, Massachusetts.

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Loyd E. Eskildson HALL OF FAME on May 15, 2010
Format: Hardcover
"Negotiauctions" is essential reading for anyone considering the sale of valuable assets. Subramanian begins by pointing out that assets most often change hands neither through pure negotiation or pure auction, but through mechanisms the combine elements of both. He identifies three strategies readers can use in complex deal-making strategies. The book also examines case studies involving buying a house, the rights to TV show 'Frasier,' and selling 'toxic' assets into the government's bailout fund.

BATNA (best alternative to a negotiated agreement, or What do you do if you don't reach a deal?) for NBC in the Frasier case probably meant a bidding war to replace 'Frasier.' Each participant needs to estimate that for all participants. They also need to determine their 'reservation value' - the lowest amount they would accept as seller or pay as buyer. When negotiating, suggests making a first offer as high/low as one can "tell a story around." Those on the receiving end of a first offer should strongly consider the 'mid-point rule' in shaping their counteroffer. A win-win move is to introduce 'contingent contracts' to align the incentives of both parties (eg. ratings-based increases/decreases) that also permit diagnosing the other sides' honesty.

"When to Auction" is a fairly mundane chapter.

"Negotiauctions" also covers creating illusions via sealed bids with comments such as "You're the low bidder" (when there's only one bidder), leaving pizza boxes from supposedly prior due diligence efforts, artificially limiting slots for due diligence, survivor rounds, etc.

Subramanian suggests sealed bids instead of open outcry, except in the presence of 'affiliated signals' (eg. the opportunity to learn a competitor is willing to bid high).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. R. Ribes on September 21, 2011
Format: Hardcover
This book changed the way I approach any negotiation or auction. In fact, most almost all the auctions I have been through were negotiauctions. If I had had the chance to read this book 10 years ago, life would be different...

The book is very well organised.
The first part was extremely useful to review the basic concepts of (pure-)auctions and (pure-)negotiations. Even if we all think we know the basics, let's assume it, it's great when you can review them with one of the masters.

The second part was a real eye-opener to realise through how many negotiauctions I had been through without knowing it. Well, thinking they were pure-auctions.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Douglas Stone on February 24, 2010
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For anyone who likes Freakonomics-style books, this is great. The writing is clear and the topic compelling. If you have any interest in deal-making, markets, negotiation, auctions, or are just a smart, curious person who wants to learn a little more about how things are bought and sold, this is a nearly-perfect book. You won't look at ebay, or buying a new car, the same again.
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Professor Subramanian touches every base with this informative, well written book on deal making. I have recommended it to a number of friends. A MUST read!
Clint Allen
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Curt's Comment on October 12, 2011
Format: Hardcover
A good deal is when both parties feel OK about the deal. A great deal is when one party feels they got the best deal. Professor Subramanian provides detailed insights into three primary dealmaking situations. The preferred one is called "negotiauctions". This book challenged me. I have always have been in deals involving customers, sales, product teams, and more recently, K-12 grade learners.

The book is heavy with theory, jargon (ZOPA), and sometimes just too much detail. In fairness, it had some great "real" behind the scene case studies concerning the Fraiser TV show with NBC and Paramount; the baseball deal with A-Rod (Alex Rodriquez) and the Texas Rangers; Pittsburgh Steelers sale of their football franchise in 2008; and the U.S government's involvement with TARP funds for the toxic assets of the Sachs bank.

This book was not fun reading but I did learn. It was a good value (about $12 on Amazon) compared to taking a course at Harvard by the professor. If you want to improve your dealmaking on a car or a house (on the average, realtors take longer to sell their houses than their clients do study), then just read Chapter 10 and learn about a great concept called shut-down moves. Dealmaking is more complex in the 21 century and this book proves it. I would recommend this book to professional sales people or buyers but not for the average professional as it may be too over the top.
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