Clear dispute resolution mechanism can help to resolve disputes more quickly and with less cost. Some dispute resolution clauses require several steps before an arbitration can be triggered. These steps may include informal discussions between representatives of the parties named in the clause (e.g. project managers) with escalation through to the top executives of the parties if the dispute is not resolved at the lower level of management. The steps may also include negotiation, which is often triggered by a notice to negotiate. The clause may provide that the parties are entitled to send a notice to arbitrate if the dispute has not been resolved with a stated number of days after delivery of the notice to negotiate. The overall purpose of the clause is to facilitate clear and timely procedures for resolving disputes.