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Game Theory by Mark L. Burkey

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Chapter 11

Building Cooperation in Teams

The catch phrase “nothing human is alien” was coined by some South European rapscallion. This dangerous fallacy I shall illumine: To ­committees, nothing alien is human.

—Ogden Nash, “Period Period”

In many cases, the process of decision making either by necessity or by custom is done by a group of people as a whole. And in other cases, the production of a good or completion of some other project requires that it be done by a group of people who share the overall effort. Because the choices and behaviors of members of a group are inherently interrelated, game theory can shed some light on some of the problems and solutions related to working in committees or teams.

11.1 The Problem with Committees

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