Words of the Week – playing field


Playing field (image: NVinacco)

A playing field is the competitive space where business occurs. Like many US buzzwords, businesspeople borrowed this term from the world of sports. They completed the metaphor by calling competitors “players.”

For example, a manager might say, “I’ve been hearing good buzz about Best Company Ever. Let’s map out the playing field to discover the positions of all the players in the marketplace. We might have a good acquisition target on our hands.”

Author: Grayson Leverenz

Grayson Leverenz founded MBA in the USA® to help international students build networks, find jobs, and have fun in the USA. Hundreds of global professionals have benefited from Grayson’s intercultural workshops, and she has worked with people from Brazil, China, India, South Africa, South Korea, the UK, and the USA to build effective virtual teams and craft brilliant careers.

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