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Invite Systems & Users

Inspire & its users

Inspire negotiations are held each year both in the spring and in the fall. Our users come from all around the world and find the system easy and fun to use. They have enjoyed discussions on the Web with unknown opponents. They were able to use different strategies, learn more about negotiations and negotiation support, and work on their communication and negotiation skills.

Each year, different universities participate, the list below includes many of the universities which have used Inspire during the past few years.

  • National Sun Yat-sen University, Taiwan, ROC
  • Univeristy of Economics in Katowice, Poland
  • Fordham Law School, USA
  • Vienna University of Technology, Austria
  • Kyiv National Economic University, UK
  • Loughborough University, UK
  • Xiament University, China
  • Krems University, Austria
  • EPFL, France
  • Faculdade de Tecnologia de Indaiatuba, Brazil

Imbins & its users

Imbins is one of our newest systems. It supports multi-bilateral multi-issue negotiations and allows users to employ graphical tools for alternative generation and assessment. Each Imbins negotiation is comprised of one "buyer" and 5-6 "sellers" who negotiate in order to fulfill a procurement contract. In brief, the negotiation involves a preparation phase during which the buyer and the sellers read the case description, beginning with Public information that is available to everyone and then the Private information. The buyer and sellers then proceed to an offer exchange phase during which they try to reach an agreement by exchanging offers and messages. An agreement is reached when an offer is accepted by the counterpart. To date, the system has been used by both undergraduate and graduate students from Concordia. The graduate students act as buyers with foreign students as the sellers and the undergrads act as the sellers with foreign students acting as the buyers.

Imaras & its users

Imaras supports multi-attribute auctions using a novel algorithm that does not require disclosure of private information. There are three basic phases that are usually followed in any auction: Preparation for the auction, during which the user assesses the situation, identifies the stakeholders, and develops a very clear understanding of the issues and interests involved. The actual auction phase during which the parties exchange a series of bids until an agreement is reached. During this stage, Imaras provides different menus that allow users to construct bids and messages. It further supports users with graphical representation of the auction history of your auction (entirely from the user's perspective). The conclusion is reached when the buyer accepts an offer from one of the bidders. Following this there is a brief questionnaire and an opportunity to make comments.

SimpleNS & its users

In addition to the above systems, many of the groups who participate in Inspire negotiations will choose to follow it with a short SimpleNS negotiation. This system distinguishes offers and messages and tracks the negotiation process; the system is as easy to use simple as email is.

  August 22, 2019
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