Commitment Matters

If you are a professional in Contract & Commercial Management, committed to achieving the best possible outcomes from negotiations with all your trading relationships, then ‘Commitment Matters’ is the perfect source of regular articles and posts dedicated to helping you achieve that goal.

Is negotiation dead?

Posted by Tim Cummins

Aug 16, 2018 3:05:00 AM

At its simplest, the word ‘negotiation’ means no more than having a discussion that is aimed at reaching an agreement. In this context, it seems safe to say that negotiations will survive; it is the current approach to negotiating that, while not yet dead, is in terminal decline.

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Topics: contract management, contract /commercial management, negotiation

Contract negotiations and ineffective risk sharing

Posted by Tim Cummins

May 27, 2018 1:08:00 PM

I’m in Australia, reading the Financial Review. An article on infrastructure projects asks the question: ‘Will this investment surge allow Australia to ride the global economic upswing? Or. amid the rush to compete, are high profile commercial disputes a sign that government and business are failing to effectively share risks for taxpayers and investors?’

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Topics: contract management, negotiation, contract /commercial management

Negotiating skills are just the beginning

Posted by Tim Cummins

May 24, 2018 1:04:00 PM

IACCM regularly conducts industry studies on the values and experiences of contract negotiators to support ‘voice of the customer’ and ‘voice of the supplier’ reports for its members.

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Topics: contract management, negotiation, contracting excellence

When you don’t know what you want, how can you negotiate to get It?

Posted by Tim Cummins

Sep 6, 2017 1:51:50 PM

The Brexit negotiations are in many ways a classic. Neither side has a unified vision of how they want the future to be, so their negotiation is reduced to haggling over short-term details such as the division of assets. In that sense, it unfortunately resembles a messy and emotional divorce, rather than an example of visionary statecraft.

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Topics: Brexit, negotiation

Do you negotiate words or principles?

Posted by Tim Cummins

May 10, 2017 6:28:28 AM

New technologies provide us with the ability to discover things we never knew. This promises to be especially valuable in the world of contracts and negotiations.

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Topics: negotiation, contract management, contracting excellence, technology

Brexit: A history of poor negotiation

Posted by Tim Cummins

May 3, 2017 3:46:26 AM

The negotiating plans and positions for the UK’s departure from the European Union are starting to emerge. What lessons should we be drawing from them and the entire EU experience?

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Topics: Brexit, negotiation

Negotiating with purpose

Posted by Tim Cummins

Apr 26, 2017 4:47:49 AM

Back in 2011 I published a blog, ‘The Purpose of Negotiation‘. I had cause to re-read it today because it has had a sudden flurry of viewers – quite why, I don’t know.

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Topics: contract management, negotiation

Which terms are risky?

Posted by Tim Cummins

Dec 21, 2016 7:58:02 AM

For 15 years, IACCM has been publishing a list of the most frequently negotiated contract terms – and highlighting how these are more focused on risk consequence than on risk probability.

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Topics: negotiation, contract management, contract /commercial management

Let’s turn back the clock …

Posted by Tim Cummins

Sep 28, 2016 4:02:23 AM

There are few better ways to establish irrelevance than to be a barrier to change. Could this be the fate awaiting many business negotiators and contract managers, if they continue their reluctance to embrace technology?

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Topics: negotiation, contracting excellence, contract /commercial management

Do we actually care about results?

Posted by Tim Cummins

Sep 28, 2016 3:38:02 AM

The quality movement has been around for decades and regulated trading standards go back centuries, yet still we struggle to generate the right results. Our process for establishing and managing contracts frequently does not help.

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Topics: contracting excellence, negotiation

About the Author


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Tim Cummins

In his role as President of IACCM, Tim works with leading corporations, public and academic bodies, supporting executive awareness and understanding of the role that procurement, contracting and relationship management increasingly play in 21st century business performance and public policy.
 

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