Survivor: Game Theory for MBA students mirrors real-world business challenges

Professor John Morgan’s Berkeley-Haas School of Business course on game theory borrows from the Survivor TV show to present students with real-world business challenges, without anyone getting voted off an island.

Professor John Morgan borrows from "Survivor" to teach students in his class on game theory.

Professor John Morgan borrows from TV’s Survivor to teach students in his class on game theory.

The class on the science of strategy takes students through exercises involving basketball free agency, radio spectrum auctions, online retailing and legislative lobbying, and advises them that empathy and the ability to learn from their mistakes are requisites in the business world.

Read more about Morgan’s course, in which 65 students were assembled on 14 teams to compete throughout the semester.