This is a handout that you may find useful when using Imbins. All the main steps and actions you will need are explained here. A more comprehensive explanation is given on the example page, which demonstrates a business case using Imbins and illustrates the negotiation process with a set of screenshots. If you need any help send us an email at invitejmsb.concordia.ca.
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Imbins is an online multi-bilateral (i.e. one vs. many) negotiation system powered by Invite. In an Imbins negotiation, there is one buyer (or seller) and several sellers (buyers). The sellers are trying to get the buyer to accept their offer. Each negotiation is comprised of several rounds, lasting a pre-set amount of time. Sellers communicate only with the buyer, but not among each other.
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 that only you will see. 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. More information is available from the system itself.
All negotiations have a deadline. Remember to complete your negotiation by the deadline. After the deadline, you can no longer negotiate and may only participate in post-negotiation activities (e.g. review the case and negotiation transcript, give your comments and feedback).
Also, please note that in addition to the negotiation, online questionnaires may be added during this process for the purpose of improving the system as well as research purposes. In particular, the pre-questionnaire(s) may be given before the actual negotiation phase (i.e. offer/message exchange), and the post-questionnaire(s) will be included in the post-negotiation activities. Please fill out the questionnaires carefully. This is important for us to provide better systems and services for your negotiations.
In order to log in, please use the username and password that was sent to you by the Invite system and log into Imbins here.
Once you have logged in, please use the system menu on the right-hand side and the tabs on the top. Detailed instructions are also provided on each page. Please DO NOT click the "Back" and "Go" buttons on your Web browser, which may cause unanticipated problems (e.g. losing your negotiation information).
The main system user interface is shown below, which contains: (1) top tabs: you can see the current negotiation activities and information by clicking the "Main" tab, and check the current negotiation status under the "Status" tab; (2) right hand side menu: these are the main negotiation activities and information; (3) other buttons: these include execution buttons to reply offer/message or to accept an offer, refresh button to check any updates, and log out button to leave the system; and (4) system messages: these are system notifications when any new offer/message is received, an agreement is reached or the negotiatoin is terminated.
If you do not understand a specific word or a negotiation term and would like to see a definition, please use the Glossary Page. If you encounter a problem to which no answer is provided, please send an email to: invitejmsb.concordia.ca.
- Log in. Remember that the information you enter is case sensitive. Enter your user-name and password in exactly the same way as in the confirmation email that you have received.
- On the Welcome page, you will be shown key information for your negotiation and the main steps that you will follow during your negotiation. You may also click the tabs on the top to check your negotiation status.
- Public information: This page contains information that is available to all parties of the negotiation.
- Private information: This page contains information that is only available to you.
- Offers & messages: Offers can be made by clicking on Offers & messages in the right side menu. You will see that there are several ways in which to make an offer. For instance, to formulate an offer by specifying the options on each issue, or to choose an offer from a list generated by the system. Messages can be attached to an offer or sent separately from the same menu.
- Negotiation update: Buyers wait for sellers to send messages/offers and sellers wait for responses from the buyer. If an offer or message has been received, Imbins will show you a notification displayed on the right-hand side in a yellow box, and then you will be forwarded to the negotiation updates page. The most recent offer/message received from your counterpart will be shown here. Keep checking by clicking on the Refresh button until you get a response. If you like, you can continue to send messages or make new offers.
- Negotiation history: At any point you may review the history of your negotiation. The history page contains: (1) a table, which lists all the offers and messages that you and your counterpart(s) have exchanged; and (2) a graph, which depicts each exchanged offer indicating your rating and its date/time.
- Negotiation conclusion: An "agreement" is reached when the buyer or seller accepts an offer from the counterpart. If there is no agreement, the negotiation will be terminated once the deadline is reached (i.e. termination); this is the end of the negotiation.
(From now on the public information and private information will be available through the following steps and will be shown in a pop-up window. Also, every offer (a package) made by the buyer or a seller will show a rating score based on their preferences. Remember, this rating reflects only your opinion. Your counterparts cannot know your opinion nor can they see your ratings.)