Group Decision and Negotiation

, Volume 28, Issue 1, pp 1–9 | Cite as


  • Gregory E. KerstenEmail author

With the end of 2018, an opportunity arises to thank everyone who has contributed to the success of our Journal over the years. I would like to offer words of gratitude to our readers, our contributors, and our Editorial Board for their support of the Journal and its mission. My special thanks go to Adiel Almeida, Dan Druckman, Colin Eden, Raimo P. Hämäläinen, and Rudolf Vetschera, who as senior editors, shared ideas and provided guidance.

I would also like to express my appreciation of the work of the editorial team at Springer. Shinjini Chatterjee became our Publishing Senior Editor in 2018 and she has been helping the editors to navigate the recent changes related to the data policy. She also made a number of suggestions including publishing a virtual open issue with selected articles, which had been published earlier in the Journal. Christopher Wilby (Assistant Editor), Ambiga Selvaraj (Production Editor), and Ayshwarya Ganesan (Journal Editorial Office Assistant) continue helping the authors, reviewers and editors in improving the Journal’s web site, providing editorial support, and making sure that the issues are prepared and appear on time. They have been instrumental in making the Journal’s operations very efficient and making 2018 another successful year.

The aim of the Journal, as I wrote in the 2018 Editorial, is to provide scholars and practitioners involved with the different aspects of group decision and negotiation with content relevant to their work. The fields of study that belong to GDN are both those that are well established and those that are emerging. The established fields increasingly employ newly developed methods and technologies, while the new and emerging fields verify and adapt well-known theories to new circumstances. This means that the fields of study not only evolve but become increasingly intertwined—research in psychology and sociology often relies on artificial intelligence and decision support systems, economics incorporates social-psychological approaches, and artificial intelligence increasingly relies on results coming from psychology and management. To keep the Journal relevant to our readers we need to continue publishing high quality articles coming from established disciplines as well as the emerging ones.

Maintaining the multi-disciplinary and interdisciplinary nature of the Journal and continuing to increase its high quality are challenging objectives and the Board strives to achieve them. We actively search for excellent manuscripts from economics, management, political science, psychology, sociology as well as artificial intelligence, computer science, neural science, engineering, and fuzzy systems. The challenge is to attract good manuscripts from these areas and to provide the best possible review process that increases the manuscripts’ quality. In addition, we need to maintain the right balance of fields of study covered so that a currently fashionable area does not overly dominate the issues.

I hope that our readers found articles published in Volume 27 to be of high quality, informative and relevant to their work. We will do our best to continue with the forthcoming Vol. 28. Therefore, we ask our readers to submit the results of their work, and also encourage colleagues to submit the results of their research and professional practices.

1 Volume 27 Overview

In order to show the interdisciplinary character of the Journal, I assessed the articles based on several criteria. This assessment is not very precise and the categorization is neither exclusive nor exhaustive. Many articles are assigned to more than one category at the same time, in 2018, we miss articles in some important categories. The brief overview given below reflects the multiple perspectives and approaches to the problems associated with group decision-making and negotiation processes.

In all, 47 articles appear in Vol. 27; 23 (49%) deal with group and team decision problems, 26 (34%)—with negotiation processes, seven (15%)—with game models, and four (9%) focus on the voting rules and problems.

There are two review articles. Issue 4, contains a bibliometric analysis of the publications of the Journal between 1992 and 2016. The article identifies the leading trends of the Journal in terms of impacts, topics, authors, universities and countries.

From the methodological approach perspective, 25 articles discuss studies based on qualitative approaches and 22—on quantitative models. Twelve articles present results from experimental studies, which test quantitative and/or qualitative models. Applications and cases studies are discussed in 12 articles. One article specifically focusses on training and one on learning.

Socio-psychological traits are discussed in several articles. In particular, emotions are the focus of six articles exemplifying strong interest of research community in this area. Only one article discusses the emergence and evolution of such a significant issue as trust; another article focusses on the development of interpersonal relationship in negotiations. Power is the concern of one article and another article focusses on the negotiators motivational orientation. Three articles focuss on the impact of biases on the process and outcomes of multi-participant decision-making.

With the exception of two articles, which focussed on gender issues, issues of culture and cross-cultural interactions are not represented in this volume. I expect that this will change in 2019 and we will publish several papers on the cultural issues in group decision and negotiation.

Among the formal approaches, multiple criteria decision analysis is the concern of four articles, utility of two, and the design and use of scoring rules are discussed in four articles. The extensions and applications of the Analytic Hierarchy Process (AHP) and its multi-participant formulation (AHP/ANP) are presented in one article.

Non-cooperative and cooperative games are discussed in five and four articles, respectively. Mechanism design is the main concern of one article.

An approach based on the graph model to conflict resolution and its application is presented in one article. Negotiation engineering as a comprehensive approach for modeling and supporting conflict resolution is the focus of another article.

Group and negotiation decision support (GDSS and NSS) are well represented in this issue—seven articles deal specifically with different aspects of the system development, deployment, and use and with their various results in terms of objective and subjective outcomes. Two articles analyze the process and results of electronic negotiations, two are concerned with electronic markets and their participants, and two articles discuss crowdsourcing. In the context of electronic communication, the focus of one article is on visualization and the effect of screen size.

One article discusses the design and use of negotiation software agents and another—genetic algorithms. Given the growth and significance of computer science and artificial intelligence, the number of papers is low and we should try to increase it in Vol. 28.

For several years, the Journal published articles discussing different aspects of fuzzy sets and linguistic approaches. Recently, we encouraged the authors to address the significance of these approaches in tackling practical issues. Consequently, four papers appear in this issue.

Lastly, I would like to mention that in Vol. 27 we have two Special Issues. Issue 3, edited by Domingo Ribeiro-Soriano and Sascha Krausf, focusses on the entrepreneurship, innovation and sensemaking for improving decisions. Fran Ackermann, Mike Yearworth and Leroy White edited special issue, i.e., Issue 5, “Micro-processes in Group Decision and Negotiation: Practices and Routines for Supporting Decision Making”.

Departmental and Associate Editors and Guest Editors

Group Decision and Negotiation is poised to become an even stronger and more widely recognized contributor to the broader group decision and negotiation discourse. Steps taken toward achieving this include broadening the Editorial Board. The following eminent scholars committed to our Journal, joined the Editorial Board:
  • Love Ekenberg, Stockholm University, Sweden

  • Liping Fang, Ryerson University, Canada

  • Gary Kleinman, Montclair State University, USA

  • Deng-Feng Li, Fuzhou University, China

  • Dan Palmon, Rutgers Business School, USA

  • Gerelt Tserenjigmid, Virginia Tech, USA

  • Jingjing Yao, IESEG School of Management, France

The Associate Editors who recently joined as well as the Departmental and Associate Editors for years diligently served on the Board. The Former in the Reviewer capacity and the latter as Coordinating Editors as well as Reviewers. I am very grateful for their contribution and for assuring that the reviewing process is efficient and the reviews contain well-reasoned comments and comprehensive suggestions for the manuscript improvement. The names of the Board members are available on the Journal web page ( as well as inside of the cover page of every issue.

On behalf of the Editorial Board, I thank Margaret Neale from Stanford University, Thomas A. Gresik from the University of Notre Dame, and Amer Obeidi from the University of Waterloo for their outstanding work.

Maggie and Tom have been Board members since the very beginning of the Journal; both recently retired from their universities and as of the end of the 2018, they retired from the Board. For many years, Amer has been involved with both the Journal and the GDN International Conference organization. Recently, Amer has augmented his career in the business sector and realized that he could not devote as much time to the Journal as he wished.

Over the years, Maggie, Tom, and Amer have generously offered their time and expertise as authors, reviewers and Associate Editors. Thank you all for your support and numerous contributions!

2 Appreciation of Reviewers

The success of the Journal is due in a very large part to many members of the scholarly community who act as reviewers. Every editor who is involved in the reviewing process is grateful and appreciative of the reviewers’ hard work and contribution. Many thanks go to all the reviewers who generously provided time, expert counsel and guidance on a voluntary basis. Without their outstanding work in submitting timely, unbiased, and thoughtful reviews, the journal could not function.

The Editors were asked to nominate the best reviewers using such criteria as timeliness, critical suggestions for revision, thoroughness, willingness to contribute, and enthusiasm in supporting the Journal. Based on their recommendation, the ten recipients of the “Best 2018 Reviewer Award” are:
  • William Bottom, Washington University, U.S.A.

  • Ray Friedman, Vanderbilt University, U.S.A.

  • Fang Hou, Shenyang University of Technology, China

  • Domique Lepelley, University of La Reunion, France

  • Issofa Moyouwou, University of Yaounde I, Cameroon

  • Luukka Pasi, Lappeenranta University of Technology, Finland

  • Leandro Rêgo, Universidade Federal do Ceará, Brazil

  • Eulalia Szmidt, Systems Research Institute, Poland

  • Robert Wilken, ESCP Europe, Germany

  • Mike Yearworth, University of Bristol, U.K.

Finally, members of the Editorial Board and I wish to gratefully acknowledge all those who have generously given their time to review papers submitted to Group Decision and Negotiation in 2018. You helped the authors to improve their work and the editors to make informed decisions. Thank you!
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.John Molson School of BusinessConcordia UniversityQuebecCanada

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