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Michael Olafusi

MIT: Game Theory for Strategic Advantage

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You can register on MIT Opencourseware for Game Theory for Strategic Advantage at https://ocw.mit.edu/courses/sloan-school-of-management/15-025-game-theory-for-strategic-advantage-spring-2015/ 

About the course

This course develops and applies principles of game theory relevant to managers' strategic decisions. Topics include how to reason about strategies and opponents; strategic commitment, reputation, and "irrational" actions; brinkmanship and negotiation; auctions; and the design of markets and contests. Applications to a variety of business decisions that arise in different industries, both within and outside the firm.

Syllabus

SES # TOPICS LECTURE NOTES
1 Introduction Lecture 1: Introduction (PDF)
2 Rationality Lecture 2: Rationality (PDF)
3 Nash Equilibrium Lecture 3: Nash Equillibrium (PDF)
4 (Un)predictable Outcomes Lecture 4: (Un)predictable Outcomes (PDF)
5

Application: Strategic Trade Policy

Guest Lecturer: Roberto Rigobon

Notes not available for this session

6 Designing Games and Influencing Outcomes Lecture 6: Designing Games and Influencing Outcomes (PDF)
7 Backward Induction Lecture 7: Backward Induction (PDF)
8 Bargaining Lecture 8: Bargaining (PDF)
9 Wars of Attrition Lecture 9: Wars of Attrition (PDF)
10 Team Presentations: Project Proposals Notes not available for this session
11 Dynamic Price Competition Lecture 11: Dynamic Price Competition (PDF)
12 Introduction to Repeated Interaction Lecture 12: Introduction to Repeated Interaction (PDF)
13 Long-run Relationships Lecture 13: Long-run Relationships (PDF)
14 Application: Tacit Coordination Lecture 14: Application: Tacit Coordination (PDF)
15 Games with Asymmetric Information Lecture 15: Games with Asymmetric Information (PDF)
16 Introduction to Auctions Lecture 16: Introduction to Auctions (PDF)
17 Online Auctions Lecture 17: Online Auctions (PDF)
18 Designing Auctions and Other Markets Lecture 18: Designing Auctions and Other Markets (PDF)
19 Costly Signaling vs. Cheap Talk Lecture 19: Costly Signaling vs. Cheap Talk (PDF)
20 Credibility and Reputation Lecture 20: Credibility and Reputation (PDF)
21 Application: Cold War Politics Lecture 21: Application: Cold War Politics (PDF)
22 Team Project Presentations Notes not available for this session
23 Team Project Presentations (cont.) Notes not available for this session

 

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