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    Imbins handout

    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 invite@jmsb.concordia.ca.

    Content in this handout:

    1. Introduction
    2. Getting started
    3. Using Imbins

    1. Introduction

    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.

    2. Getting started

    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.

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    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: invite@jmsb.concordia.ca.

    3. Using Imbins©