Professor of Business Administration and Economics
Duke Fuqua School of Business and Economics Department
of BOTH INSIGHT AND APPLICATIONS"
-- R. Preston McAfee, Microsoft, Chief Economist
McAdams's Game-Changer is a rare book: a NONTECHNICAL FIRST
INTRODUCTION TO GAME THEORY that also offers a fresh perspective
on how the best strategy for playing a game can often be to
change the rules. I can see that I'll have lots of opportunities
to recommend it."
-- Alvin E. Roth, Stanford University, winner of the 2012 Nobel Prize in Economics
those who are new to the subject, the book provides an
accessible and broad introduction to the possibilities of game
theory, which will facilitate new ways of thinking outside the
box about strategic situations. Academic economists, on the
other hand, will appreciate the TROVE OF WELL-CHOSEN AND
review by Benjamin Brooks, December 2014
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Brief Description of "GAME-CHANGER" [catalog copy]
Finally, a business book that lives up to its title. Every professional will see the world differently after reading it.
"Freedom to chart one's strategic destiny comes only to those game-aware enough to rise above the game, and determined enough to change the game to their own advantage." So writes David McAdams in this path-breaking, paradigm-busting, utterly readable romp through the game theory of business and of life.
You'll emerge from this book as a "Game-Changer" yourself, more aware of the strategic interactions (or "games") in your life and empowered with a ready-to-use set of methods to change those games to your advantage.
Part 1 introduces the "Game-Changer's Toolkit," six ways to change games, using the Prisoners' Dilemma as a recurring example of a solvable strategic challenge. Part 2 then presents six "Game-Changer Files" on a wide variety of pressing strategic problems, from how to keep prices low on the internet to how to win our battle with infectious disease, once and for all.
A radically new, and easily learned, way to out-strategize your rivals.
"The wise win before they fight, while the ignorant fight to win." So wrote Zhuge Liang, the great Chinese military strategist. He was referring to battlefield tactics, but the same can be said about any strategic situation. Even seemingly certain defeat can be turned into victory--whether in battle, business, or life--by those with the strategic vision to recognize how to "change the game" to their own advantage.
The aim of David McAdams's GAME-CHANGER is nothing less than to empower you with this wisdom--not just to win in every strategic situation (or "game") you face, but to change those games and the ecosystems in which they reside, to transform your life and our lives together for the better.
GAME-CHANGER develops six basic ways to change games--commitment, regulation, cartelization, retaliation, trust, and relationships--enlivened by countless colorful characters and unforgettable examples from the worlds of business, medicine, finance, military history, crime, sport, and more.
The book then digs into several real-world strategic challenges, such as how to keep prices low on the Internet, how to restore the public's lost trust in for-charity telemarketers, and even how to save mankind from looming and seemingly unstoppable drug-resistant disease. In each case, McAdams uses the game-theory approach developed in the book to identify the strategic crux of the problem and then leverages that "game-awareness" to brainstorm ways to change the game to solve or at least mitigate the underlying problem.
So, get ready for a fascinating journey. You'll emerge a deeper strategic thinker, poised to change and win all the games you play. In doing so, you can also make the world a better place. "Just one Game-Changer is enough to seed and transform an entire organization into a more productive, happier, and altogether better place," McAdams writes. Just imagine what we can do together.