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Using Blogs in Teaching Negotiation: A Technical and Intercultural Postscript


Ian Macduff is an associate professor and the director of the Centre for Dispute Resolution at the School of Law of the Singapore Management University. His e-mail address is


This article reexamines an earlier experiment in the use of blogs in teaching negotiation when undertaken in a different cultural environment. I briefly examine two core factors — technical competence and cultural preferences in communication — as well as a student preference to reserve the use of social media for purely social and informal communications. Parallels are also drawn with the technical and cultural contexts of developments in online dispute resolution.