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Like it or not, you are a negotiator


Too few professionals master an advanced set of skills in principled negotiation, empathy and leadership. We of LCM Student Association want to change that culture by teaching our students how to negotiate integratively and ethically.

Throughout several tracks and different workshops, we elaborate thoroughly on each aspect of all those competences. This way we can deliver proficient and distinguished negotiators with strong communication skills, who will make the difference in any professional career.

LCM Student Association is a non-profit, interfaculty student organization affiliated with the Leuven Center of Collaborative Management (LCM) and the faculties of Psychology and Law at KU Leuven.

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LCM SA is convinced that to become a good negotiator, theoretical knowledge does not suffice: great negotiation skills require practice. LCM SA organises workshops that are taught by professors from LCM as well as experienced practitioners. 

These workshops are only open to our members: every year 36 students are carefully selected on the basis of their motivation and potential to become good negotiators. Each workshop consists of a more theoretical part or an introduction to the topic, and is then followed by practical cases. After the cases, students receive feedback from our guest speakers and from their peers. 

To give our members an experience that is as challenging as possible, we try to cover a maximum of diverse topics. Our members and alumni also get the opportunity to compete in a variety of business and mediation competitions.


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Its workshops consist of a theoretical and practical introduction in the art of negotiation, an overview of the psychology behind a negotiation, an introduction to mediation and the important and rather advanced topic of difficult tactics. 

For example, LCM SA offered its students the opportunity to visit companies as Van De Wiele Group, Barco and Materialise, where they talked with respectively the CEO and the chairman of the board. In order to practice their skills of negotiation, they continuously allow their members to challenge themselves.

Over the past years, they got acquainted with the negotiation of the purchase a company, taught by the law firm contrast law

Besides these workshops, a large part of its members also had the opportunity to participate in various international business games (Solvay Business Game, LSM Cup, Leuven Case Competition, Bucerius Mediation Moot, ICC Mediation Competition) and came back with excellent results! 

They also host a yearly recurring and appealing open lecture about a negotiation-related topic, in which they have managed to invite leading speakers on in a different niche:
  • High-risk Negotiations: hostage negotiation and negotiation on the battlefield, (lecturers not to be disclosed)
  • Backroom Negotiations, facilitated by Baron Frans van Daele.
  • Negotiating as a global market leader, facilitated by Hein Deprez, CEO of Greenyard Foods

LCM SA and beyond

LCM SA truly believes in the wider benefit of increasing students’ negotiation skills and knowledge. Via its Facebook and LinkedIn page as well as its Newsroom (and a monthly Newsletter), LCM SA tries to expand its reach well beyond its members. From posting Monday Negotiation Tips to writing more profound articles, LCM SA tries to gather all those with an interest in negotiation and keep them up to date, deepen and broaden their negotiation knowledge.