This case is designed for use in undergraduate courses that cover negotiation skills and organizational behavior. Its relatable context and integrated lessons fits well within modules on multiperson situations, coalitions, and conflict resolution. It particularly complements "Kicks Inc.: Background Information" (UVA-QA-0739) well, and could be used as a precursor for complicated multiperson negotiations and situations.
Devin Moore, Jessie Taylor, and Alex Johnson are three students at Jefferson University who decided early in their junior year to room together in an off-campus house for their senior year. In a rush to secure housing, the three have signed a lease for a house without working out any details. The house has three distinct bedrooms that differ in size, natural light, closet size, and charm. Each roommate has different preferences, but each prefers one bedroom to the alternatives. The roommates also must discuss additional elements associated with living together, including parking, utilities, and rent—which will further complicate the discussion.