Summary of Game-Changer

Game Theory and the Art of Transforming Strategic Situations

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Game-Changer book summary
People, businesses and nations play a non-stop series of games, so are you a player or are you getting played?


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People, businesses and nations play a nonstop series of games, with stakes such as staying out of jail, gaining or controlling market share, or even winning wars. Games pervade your life, and if you don’t recognize them, you get played. Duke University game-theory professor David McAdams urges you to learn “game-awareness.” His examples are clear, easy and fun to read, even though much of the material is a little obvious and seems directed to those who are not very experienced in discerning how game playing patterns manifest in business. getAbstract recommends McAdams’s approach to those interested in learning how game theory shows up just about everywhere, most notably, in strategic thinking.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How games play out in your work and life
  • How to recognize the games around you
  • How to change those games to your advantage


“Change the Game”
Games pervade your life. They are the undercurrent in business and personal affairs even when participants may not be conscious of their roles as players. Recognizing games gives you a strategic advantage in work and life. Game-awareness means being cognizant of the types...
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About the Author

David McAdams teaches game theory at Duke University and consults with organizations on playing in the auction markets.

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