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Adam M. Brandenburger

Adam M. Brandenburger

Joined Stern 2002

Leonard N. Stern School of Business
Kaufman Management Center
44 West Fourth Street, 7-70
New York, NY 10012

E-mail adam.brandenburger@stern.nyu.edu
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Adam Brandenburger holds appointments at New York University as J.P. Valles Professor at the Stern School of Business, Distinguished Professor at the Polytechnic School of Engineering, member of the Institute for the Interdisciplinary Study of Decision Making, and associated faculty member of the Center for Data Science. He was a professor at Harvard Business School from 1987 to 2002. Adam was a pioneer of the "epistemic" approach to game theory, which studies the effect of how players in games reason about one another (including how they reason about other players' reasoning) on how games are played. His book The Language of Game Theory (World Scientific, 2014) collects together much of his work in this area. He also developed (with Harborne Stuart) the concept of a "biform game," which is a model of strategy as moves that affect how value is created and divided among the players in a game. His book Co-opetition (with Barry Nalebuff, Doubleday, 1996) applies this idea to business strategy. Among Adam's current projects are: studying the effects of giving players in a game access to quantum rather than classical information resources; developing a procedure for inferring players' reasoning from their observed behavior. Adam received his B.A., M.Phil., and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Cambridge.

Research Interests

  • Game Theory
  • Business Strategy
  • Quantum Information

Courses Taught

  • Business Strategy
  • Game Theory

Academic Background

Ph.D., Economics, 1986
Churchill College University of Cambridge

M.Phil., Economics, 1982
Trinity College University of Cambridge

B.A., Natural Sciences and Economics, 1981
Queens College University of Cambridge

Selected Publications

Adam Brandenburger (2014)
The Language of Game Theory: Putting Epistemics into the Mathematics of Games
World Scientific, 2014

Adam Brandenburger with Samson Abramsky (2011)
The Sheaf-Theoretic Structure of Locality and Contextuality
New Journal of Physics, 13, 2011, 113036

Adam Brandenburger with Amanda Friedenberg (2008)
Intrinsic Correlation in Games
Journal of Economic Theory, 141, 2008, 28-67.

Adam Brandenburger with Amanda Friedenberg and H. Jerome Keisler (2008)
Admissibility in Games
Econometrica, 76, 2008, 307-352.

Adam Brandenburger with Harborne Stuart (2007)
Bitform Games
Management Science, 53, 2007, 537-549.

Adam Brandenburger with H. Jerome Keisler (2006)
An Impossibility Theorem on Beliefs in Games
Studia Logica, 84, 2006, 211-240.

Adam Brandenburger with Barry Nalebuff (1996)
Currency/Doubleday, 1996.

Adam Brandenburger with Harborne Stuart (1996)
Value-Based Business Strategy
Journal of Economics & Management Strategy, 5, 1996, 5-24.

Adam Brandenburger with Robert Aumann (1995)
Epistemic Conditions for Nash Equilibrium
Econometrica, 63, 1995, 1161-1180.

Adam Brandenburger with Eddie Dekel (1993)
Hierarchies of Beliefs and Common Knowledge
Journal of Economic Theory, 59, 1993, 189-198.