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    I need help preparing a 2,100-word paper in which you analyze the following scenario:

    The Miami school district has announced that because of unexpected increases in enrollment, school boundaries for the upcoming year will be redrawn. The school board has hired experts to redraw school boundaries to be submitted for next year. Under this plan, many students will not be able to stay at their present school. Upon hearing this, parents start voicing their objections to the school board about the proposed plan for the following reasons:

    o Quality of education
    o Increased travel time
    o Crossing economic and cultural boundaries
    o Affect on property values
    o Social affects on children

    ? Develop a plan to address stakeholders' concerns. Determine the following:

    o Who are the stakeholders?
    o What negotiation strategy do you use to support the school board's need to redraw the boundaries while addressing the concerns of the stakeholders?
    o How do ethics and culture affect your decision?

    Format paper according to APA standards, with a reference page.

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    o Who are the stakeholders?

    There are numerous stakeholders in this scenario. First of all, school authorities including the school staff are the major stakeholders. Further, students and parents are the next important group of stakeholders. Other stakeholders in this scenario include community in the vicinity of the school. Vendors and suppliers associated with the school are also stakeholders in the scenario.

    o What negotiation strategy do you use to support the school board's need to redraw the boundaries while addressing the concerns of the stakeholders?

    The best negotiation strategy for this scenario will be a strategy that aims to achieve a win-win situation for all the parties. Win-Win bargaining or integrative bargaining is a negotiation strategy that aims to address the interests of all the parties involved in the negotiation and develops a solution in the best interests of all the parties. In other words, such a negotiation strategy strives to make everyone happy.

    In the above mentioned scenario, the decision to redraw the boundaries while addressing the concerns of the stakeholders require a solution that not only fulfils the objective of the school authorities, but also address the numerous concerns of the stakeholders. Therefore, integrative bargaining will help in attaining a mutually beneficial solution.

    "Integrative bargaining involves parties in a collaborative effort to jointly meet each other's needs and satisfy mutual interests. Rather than moving from positions to counter positions to a compromise settlement, negotiators pursuing an interest-based bargaining approach attempt to identify their interests or needs and those of other parties prior to developing specific solutions. After the interests are identified, the negotiators jointly search for a variety of settlement options that might satisfy all interests, rather than argue for any single position. The parties select a solution from these jointly generated options. This approach to negotiation is frequently called integrated bargaining because of its emphasis on cooperation, meeting mutual needs, and the efforts by the parties to expand the bargaining options so that a wiser decision, with more benefits to all, can be achieved." (Christopher W. Moore, Undated)

    Reference: Christopher W. Moore, Undated; Negotiation; Retrieved online from http://www.au.af.mil/au/awc/awcgate/army/usace/negotiation.htm

    "Integrative bargaining is important because it usually produces more satisfactory outcomes for the parties involved ...

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    Miami School District Negotiation - Develop a plan to address stakeholders' concerns