Business game theory books

The table below shows a comprehensive list of the best books available about using game theory in business. This ranges from classics that have stood the test of time, like the 1997 Co-opetition, to the latest books published in 2013.

If you click on the top of the columns then you can sort the information to help find what you are looking for.

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The price and review scores shown were the ones on Amazon at the time I last updated the table. I’m not clever enough to get it to be updated automatically!

There is a lot of choice here, if you need a bit more help then I would suggest starting with these two titles:

Game Theory in Business, a Primer in Strategic Gaming by Paul Papayouanou. This has a fantastic eight five star reviews out of nine with an average review score of 4.8 (the books with 5.0 scores only have one or two reviews). The Kindle edition is currently under $10, a bargain!

Co-opetition by Adam Brandenburger and Barry Nalebuff. Although this was written over 15 years ago it is still relevant today. It is full of interesting case studies and examples of real life applications of game theory. It gives a useful model for considering how to change the game in your favour. This is summarised by the acronym PARTS

P – Players – can who is playing in the game be changed?

A – Added Values – the added value of a monopoly, added value in a competitive world, added value of a relationship, and imitation.

R – Rules – are there ways in which you can change the rules of the game in order to increase your chances of winning?

T – Tactics – can you change the way you play the game to get a better result?

S – Scope – is the game you think you are playing really part of a bigger game?

Both these books are at the lower end of the price range, if you are looking for something more specific then you may need to spend a bit more.

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