you negotiate, faciliate or mediate, it sometimes helps to have a deeper
knowledge about the theory that explains what is really going on. Game
theory sometimes helps, sometimes confuses, but is an important area of
scholarship and learning. The following books are designed to help
you understand game theory and how to apply it.
The Competitive Edge in Business, Politics and Everyday
This is a best selling book in Japan, required reading at many business
schools and a solid introduction to the applied theory of games in real
life. Scores of case studies. 393 page paperback. Order this book.
Game Theory -- A Nontechical
by Morton D. Davis
This is an inexpensive paperback that provides an easy introduction to the
topic of game theory. 252 pages. Order this book. For a book that is
similar, with a social sciences cant, Games and Decisions by R. Duncan
Luce and Howard Raiffa is a 484 page introductory text "unencumbered" by
Order this book.
Game Theory For Applied Economists,
by Robert Gibbons
This is a serious review of the economics and theory for people who
have found other books too abstract. Available used or new. Order this
A Course in Game Theory,
by Martin J. Osborne and Arial Rubenstien
This book is extremely popular and is written for graduate students
and advanced undergraduates. It includes precise definitions and full
proofs and over a hundred exercises. Order this book.
by Drew Fundenberg and Jean Tirole.
Clear, practical introduction for the beginner and an excellent text
for a first or second course on Game Theory at the graduate level. Covers
all the basics and the evolving special topics. Broad and Deep. Order this
An Analysis of Conflict
by Roger B. Myerson
568 pages, in paperback, the classic Harvard Textbook. Order this book.
Also consider The Strategy of Conflict by Thomas C. Shelling, 309 pages
from Harvard. Order this
In Theory and Practice
by H. Peyton Young
246 pages, from Princeton, this book applies game theory to what we
mean when we decide that something is fair. An analysis of public
policy concerns, including the allocation of scarce resources, how and why
social ills are distributed, with many, many practical examples and discussions.
While not perfect, it analyzes every major theory of social justice
and how they fail to address what really happens. Graduate level and
above. Order this book.
by Adam Bradenburger and Barry J. Nalebuff
This is a major book on strategic alliances with competitors.
Narrow, but interesting use of game theory and the current cutting
edge in applied game theory (verses academic analysis). Order this
pleased to be able to recommend some very good books.