Win–win game

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In game theory, a win–win game (often called a win–win scenario) is a special case of a non-zero-sum game that produces a mutually beneficial outcome for two or more parties.[1] If a win–win scenario is not achieved, the scenario becomes a lose–lose scenario by default, since all parties lose if the venture fails. It is also called a positive-sum game and is the opposite of a zero-sum game.

While she did not coin the term, Mary Parker Follett's process of integration described in her book Creative Experience (Longmans, Green & Co., 1924) forms the basis of what we now refer to as the idea of "win-win" conflict resolution.[2]

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  1. ^ "win-win situation definition". United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia. Retrieved June 17, 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  2. ^ Tonn, Joan C. (2003). Mary P. Follett: Creating Democracy, Transforming Management. Yale University Press. p. 360. ISBN 0-300-09621-6. Retrieved 4 August 2022.