Hi, my name is Dani and I do maths (data scientist). I understand the world with equations and I can’t tell when people lie to me. Being able to “read people” and “tell them what they want to hear” is an essential skill if you want to go up on the corporate ladder - lack this skill.
Having been told many times that I am too technical to get promoted, I used my technical skills to delve into corporate politics. Large corporations comprise different teams working on the same goals: project delivery and reaching the financial target. Each team comprises members that work towards this goal, but also have a selfish motivation: to get promoted and achieve a higher position on the hierarchy. If a team in a corporation is equated to a system and the members of staff are assumed to be agents then game theory can be applied to investigate the rate at which the performance of the team -and therefore the quality of project delivery- will degrade due to the selfish behaviour of the team members. This can be measured using the Price of Anarchy.
I will talk about the application of game theory in ethics and the challenges arising from this approach, followed by a description of the Prisoner’s dilemma and its application in behavioural metrics. The Price of Anarchy (PoA) will then be defined followed by the presentation of the selfish routing and of different types of the PoA depending on the equilibria and the information achieved. I will also talk about prediction models and outcomes based on this approach. Finally, the potential application of the PoA approach in corporate environments will be discussed.
I aim to explain game theory while addressing the frustration that some corporate behaviours are causing to creative people and/or people that think out of the box in a fun and approachable way. I hope that at the end of this talk people will feel more confident with game theory and will understand that they are not alone when facing workplace politics.
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- Monday, Aug 17th, 2020, 13:00 (CEST) - Monday, Aug 17th, 2020, 14:00 (CEST) at Speakers Tent