The field of Group Decision and Negotiation focuses on decision processes with at least two participants and a common goal. Such processes are complex and self-organising and constitute multi-participant, multi-criteria, ill-structured, dynamic, creative, and often evolutionary problems. Major approaches include:

  1. Information systems, in particular negotiation support systems (NSSs) and group decision support systems (GDSs)
  2. Cognitive and behavioural sciences as applied to group decision and negotiation
  3. Conflict analysis and resolution
  4. Applied game theory, experiment and social choice
  5. Artificial intelligence
  6. Management science as it relates to group decision making and negotiation. Many research initiatives combine two or more of these approaches.

Group Decision and Negotiation can be performed in an intra-organisational as well as an inter-organisational context. Both consist of complex processes, including preference elicitation, proposals and counter-proposals, preference adjustment, and choice. Communication and decision making are the two key process steps in Group Decision and Negotiation and thus require sophisticated support in many ways.

Application areas of Group Decision and Negotiation include intra-organisational and inter-organisational coordination (as in operations management and integrated design, production, finance, marketing and distribution functions, such as coordination of all phases of the life cycle of a product), computer-supported collaborative work and meetings, electronic negotiations including negotiating agents and negotiation support systems, labour-management negotiations, inter-organisational, intercultural negotiations, environmental negotiations, and many others.

Themes and areas of interest include but are not limited to the following:

Methodological & Theoretical Foundations

  • Auction theory
  • Bargaining theory
  • Collaboration engineering
  • Conflict analysis and resolution
  • Design research in negotiation systems
  • Game theory
  • Multicriteria decision making
  • Decision and negotiation analysis
  • Social choice theory
  • Modelling and simulation using software agents
  • Machine learning

Technological Foundations

  • Animation and visualization
  • Artificial intelligence methods in GDN
  • Distributed GDN technologies
  • E-negotiation platforms and systems
  • Multi-agent systems
  • Virtual worlds and environments for GDN
  • Collaborative information technologies
  • Group support systems

Behavioral Aspects

  • Comparisons of auction and negotiation mechanisms
  • Creativity in GDN
  • Characteristics of cross-cultural and intracultural negotiation
  • Emotions in GDN
  • Gender and negotiation
  • Facilitation
  • Impact, adoption and evaluation of GDN technologies
  • Interaction of human and software agents
  • Experimental studies in GDN
  • Learning and teaching
  • Micro-Processes


  • Business
  • Policy
  • Diplomacy and international relationships
  • Education
  • Water and natural resources
  • Sustainability
  • Software engineering

Selected papers will be published in the Special Issues of the Group Decision and Negotiation Journal, affiliated with INFORMS, the Journal of Systems Science and Systems Engineering, both published by Springer or as short papers/extended abstract to be published by Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics. The topics are organised in conference streams that can be found on the website. Research in Group Decision and Negotiation has continued to expand, and many new research directions have been proposed. At GDN conferences, we encourage researchers to present research in Group Decision and Negotiation even if (in fact, especially if) it does not fit into any of the above areas. We particularly invite Bachelor and Master students to submit their work to the dedicated Student Stream.

We cordially invite you to join GDN 2018 Conference in Nanjing. Nanjing is a city situated in the heartland of the lower Yangtze River region of China. It is the capital city of Jiangsu province of People's Republic of China and the second largest city in the east China region. With a population of around 8.3 million, the city spreads across hills, valleys, and parks. Nanjing has a prominent place in Chinese history and culture, having served as the capital of various Chinese dynasties, kingdoms and republican governments dating from the 3rd century to 1949.