zero-sum game


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zero-sum game

A game in which the sum of the wins is equal to the sum of the losses. In such a game, every victory by one party results in equivalent losses by other participants.
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In a zero-sum game, "everything gained by one player must have been lost by the other.
Is how we spend our time really a zero-sum game where each incremental minute spent on one activity must detract from other options we have?
The bigger picture here that executives must be mindful of is that economic competition over the world's resources and raw materials is quickly becoming a zero-sum game in which whatever China can lock down will be denied to the U.
Looking forward in the American market, he thinks that there will undoubtedly be growth in the B segment, but that because the market is, in his view, a zero-sum game, that growth will come at the expense of other segments, such as light trucks and full-size SUVs.
The world is not a zero-sum game, where wealth is a pie that never grows.
Berman argued that as resources become scarcer there is no way to avoid a zero-sum game.
In a hyper-competitive climate where lowball pricing has turned retailing into a zero-sum game, we must ask whether the industry has truly done everything to reinvent itself.
We must not place the committee members into a position of the zero-sum game that takes from one group to give to the other, an occurrence that happens after (by personal witness) the long and arduous process whereby grappling with the excellence of the proposals has been completed.
In their opinion, while it is possible to build the reputation of multiple institutions in the same marketplace, prestige is a zero-sum game.
Achieving one's goals is not a zero-sum game I believed the "idols" who said that participating was reward enough, even if they did not win.
When power is exercised as a zero-sum game, those in authority build their power by taking it from those who have less possibility to resist.