Game Playing Theory and Social Organizations

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Game Playing Theory and Social Organizations Politics are engaged in by people in every organization whether they consider themselves passive (non-participants) or not. The reason that this is important is that many term the political machinations within an organizations "games'. These games are not specific to a particular organization in general but have long been studied using game theory. One classic game strategy is that used by police when confronted with a group (usually two) uncooperative suspects. It is basically a means of playing the self-preservation aspects of one participant against those of the other. The hope is that this will result in the truth being garnered from one or both of the players. In organizations, this plays out in groups in which individuals try to determine an outcome that will be the most personally beneficial. The following game scenario and evaluation of the outcome will demonstrate, to some degree, this classic scenario. The Game The first task was to determine who to include in the game, and then it was necessary to induce them into playing it seriously enough that it would produce relatively accurate results. The classic prisoner dilemma seemed like the most interesting type of game to play because it could result in the greatest diversity of results. At work, broken merchandise is not considered a problem because it is covered in the annual budget, and it is considered a part of doing business just like a certain amount of theft
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