FLORIDA INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY

Spring Semester 2019

January 07 – May 3, 2019

Syllabus

MGT5218

Contract Negotiations and Incentive Contracts

Monday Evenings 4:30 – 7:30 PM

Office Hours:  Right after class and by appointment as needed

Professor: Paul Adams Willard II

Phone:   (540) 793-0153

E-mail: pwillard@fit.edu

Course Text:  Essentials of Negotiation (Sixth Edition, 2016), by Roy J. Lewicki, Bruce Barry, and David M. Saunders. ISBN 13: 9780077862466. Handouts and supplemental readings as deemed appropriate.  Suggested readings include Federal Acquisition Regulation, Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement, and Defense Contract Management Administration Guidebook.  Suggested readings are Never Split the Difference by Chris Voss and Getting to Yes by William Ury.

OPTIONAL REFERENCES:

  1. NEGOTIATION, 7th Edition, Lewicki, Barry, Saunders and Minton, 2014, McGraw Hill (TEXTBOOK) ISBN 13: 978-0-07-8029448.

 

  1. NEGOTIATION: READINGS, EXERCISES & CASES, 6th Edition, Lewicki, Barry, and Saunders, 2010, McGraw Hill (TEXTBOOK) ISBN 13: 978-0-07-353031-4.

 

  1. Contract Pricing Review Guide (CPRG) Volume IV – Advanced Issues in Contracting Pricing (AICP) Contract Pricing Review Guide (CPRG) Volume V – Federal Contracting Negotiation Techniques Selected chapters (ONLINE). 

 

The Contract Pricing Reference Guides are a set of five reference volumes that were developed jointly by the Federal Acquisition Institute (FAI)  and the Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT).  The Office of the Deputy Director of Defense Procurement for Cost, Pricing, and Finance (DP/CPF) now maintains the guides.

 

CPRG’s can be found ONLINE at: https://acc.dau.mil/CommunityBrowser.aspx?id=406579&lang=en-US

 

Course Description: MGT 5218 (3 credits) Explores, analyzes, and discusses negotiation concepts and techniques, and places them into practice using mock negotiations.  Examines all types of contracts.  Recommended:   Background knowledge equivalent to MGT 5211 Procurement and Contract Management.    

Instructional Method:  Class lectures, discussions, and readings. Practical exercises (mock negotiations) will be done in class. Note taking and attendance will aid to improve your grade.

Course Requirements: Reading assignments, attend lectures, class participation & mock negotiations.

Exams:  Three exams required. Exams must be made up within 10 working days for credit.

Course Objectives:

  1. To display the skills to research government regulations for negotiations in relation to contract(s) and contract types.
  2. To articulate and demonstrate different concepts and methods for negotiations as they apply to government contracts and personal life.
  3. To identify the other parties’ negotiation techniques when participating in a negotiation.
  4. To demonstrate the understanding and regulations of incentive type contracts in negotiations.

Paper:  None

Practical Exercises:  Mock Negotiations

Grade Method:

10% = Class Participation & Attendance                        

30% = Chapters 1, 2, 3, & 4 and Fixed-Price Contract types Exam                      

30% = Chapters 5, 6, 7, & 8 and Cost Contract types Exam       

30% = Chapters 9, 10, 11, & 12 and Incentive Contract types Exam                                

Grading Scale:

A = 90-100; B = 80-89; C = 70-79; D = 60-69; F = below 60

Administration: If it is necessary to miss a class, notify professor in advance via text or email. If absence is on an exam night, notification in advance is required. All make-up exams will be scheduled with the professor.  Failure to complete all course materials and requirements by the end of the term will result in a grade of “F” Failure.

Concerns:  Any questions or problems not resolved or addressed in class, please contact professor directly.

Class Policy:  Any FAR and DFARS references will be from the most current edition. Use the following website links,

FAR: https://www.acquisition.gov/far/; http://farsite.hill.af.mil/

DFAR: http://farsite.hill.af.mil/VFDFAR1.HTM

All students will arrive to class on time with assignments read and a professional manner  

The practical exercises (mock negotiations) require reading the contract/case provided then forming an “argument/defense” for your team’s negotiating position. Each student will participate in practical exercises in class once for each side (one Government and one Contractor), practical exercise will require:

Government Team = Contracting Officer (KO) and Contract Specialists.

Contractor’s Team = Authorized Individual with authority to bind the contractor and representatives.

General Information

GRADING POLICYGrades will be administered in accordance with College of Business and University policies and practices.  Letter grades will be earned based on total number of points attained, according to the following schedule:

 

LATE ASSIGNMENTS:  Assignments received late will be downgraded one letter grade for each week late without prior arrangement with instructor.  Missed exams must be made up within one week of the scheduled exam date and coordinated the instructor.

 

NOTE:

  1. The following conditions are FIT’s minimum level of effort required to qualify for an

“A” grade in this class:

  1. Attend and actively participate in a minimum of twelve (12) class sessions.
  2. Actively participate as a team member in team project activities.
  3. Complete all project homework assignments.
  4. Successfully complete all quizzes that may be given.
  5. Successfully complete the midterm and final exams as given.

Note: Meeting minimum requirements is not to be construed as having fulfilled an “A” grade level effort and results.

 

  1. To pass this course, you need to:
  2. Attend and actively participate in a minimum of ten (10) class sessions.
  3. Achieve a minimum grade of 40% in all quizzes when given.
  4. Satisfactorily participate as a team member in team project activities.
  5. Satisfactorily complete exams and all homework assignments in a timely manner.

     

COURSE OUTLINE:

 

Date

 

Week #

 

Chapter

 

Title

7 JAN

1

1 & 2

1-The Nature of the Negotiation & Strategy and 2-Tactics of Distributive Bargaining

14 JAN

2

3 & 4

3-Strategy and Tactics of Integrative Negotiations & 4-Negotiation: Strategy and Planning.  Pre-planning for Mock Negotiations - Fixed Price Type

21 JAN

3

No class

No class – Federal Holiday

28 JAN

4

Exam

Mock Negotiations - Fixed Price Type; Exam Chapters 1, 2, 3, & 4 with Fixed-Price Contract Type

4 FEB

5

5 & 6

5-Ethics & 6-Perception, Cognition, and Emotion 

11 FEB

6

7& 8

 7-Communications and Contract Types including Incentive Type contracts and 8-Finding and Using Negotiation Power

18 FEB

7

Exam

Exam on Chapters 5, 6, 7, & 8 with Cost Contract Type

25 FEB

8

9

9- Relationships in Negotiations

4 MAR

9

SPRING BREAK – No class this week

11 MAR

10

 10

10-Multiple Parties and Teams;

18 MAR

11

11

11-International and Cross-Cultural Negotiations

25 MAR

12

12

12- Best Practices in Negotiations with Incentive Contract Type

1 APR

13

        Negotiations

Mock Negotiations – Cost Type

8 APR

14

9

 9- Relationships in Negotiations

15 APR

15

10

10-Multiple Parties and Teams

22 APR

16

Negotiations

Mock Negotiations – Incentive Type

29 APR

17

Exam

Exam on Chapters 9, 10, 11 & 12

 

 

 

 

 

ADMINSTRATION:  If it is necessary to miss a class on an exam night advance notice is required

CONCERNS:  Any questions or problems not resolved or addressed in class, please contact me.

General Information

Last updated: March 20, 2017

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