It's gotten a bit out of hand. This seems like the common people are worse off than when the campaign started the previous year. January 1516 January 1516 Robin Hood case study Introduction to business strategy Robin Hood case study Introduction to business strategy 08 Fall 08 Fall Anna Feldman Sandra Ohuche Anna Feldman Sandra Ohuche Every company or organization at one point of its life meets a critical point when it needs a reconstruction. Not only is the lack of available resources a problem, but the group itself is unorganized and is lacking sufficient leadership. Describe how Robin Hood developed his initial strategy for competing with the sheriff of Nottingham and discuss how he implemented it. Obviously, Robin Hood presides at the top and oversees all of his lieutenants whose jobs range from intelligence and scouting, to internal operations and training, to finances or supplying food and materials.
Should Robin take my advice and divide the group into departments with trusted leaders among those groups, communication can be greatly improved to get the same message to all of the men, rather than relying on the grapevine. Policy Revisions The policy suggested by Robin Hood to impose tax on travelers will only be feasible under certain conditions. The following report analyzes each of the possible strategies and makes recommendations based on the positive and negative aspects of each of the possible alternatives. Also, a certain degree of decentralization should improve the quality of the work performed. With a fixed transit tax in place, the volume of travelers will increase; therefore, revenue will become steadier.
The last, but not the least is that the Barons were putting pressure on him by asking to join him and work on one side. Also, he could try relocation of a lieutenant and a number of men to another forest or another geographical location. If the encampment size is reduced, and the men can strategically spread bad information to the enemy, the Sheriff hopefully will be fooled into thinking that the Merrymen are less active and less of a threat. Even if in reality it may sometimes lead to monotony, under the conditions offered by the case, labor division will bring more benefits than drawbacks. The size of the group is entirely too large at this point for Centralized decision making.
With the great number of spies loyal to Prince John this was an ever growing threat. What started as a rebellion is in danger of being routinized into banditry. It is risky but it is less risky than doing what he is presently doing which is nothing. From there, the same information can roll downhill to managers, supervisors, leads, and further on. They have positioned themselves to fill a niche and until recently. Their concern for reputation would be vital since the Merrymen need to maintain their alliance with these groups.
They will also need to develop a system that allows enough resources to supply the poor along with the organization. One strategy for securing food for the short term could be to bribe or pay for more food carts from more villages, smaller cart loads might draw less attention to the men. The rapid size increase of the band creates several different issues within itself that Robin Hood must deal with as well; 1 depleting the forest resources for food and shelter causing the band to outgrow its present location; 2 how to increase revenues and reduce cost; 3 find a new legitimate market for making revenues, because travelers avoid the forest for fear of being robbed; 4 because of the large number of new recruits, security for the band must be increased to avoid detection and not give away their exact location; 5 at least half of the men in Robin Hood's band are unfamiliar to him. This decentralization of the group would also eliminate the issues with food distribution. He was also firmly in a position of power due to his political connections. People are encouraged to come up with new ideas in order to resolve the problems which they encounter on a daily basis.
If the group was to kill the Sheriff there would be no guarantee that Prince John would not put someone even worst in power in his place. Thus, Will Scarlet is in command of the intelligence and scouting. There are several issues Robin Hood needs to consider. The chances of new entry are very low since the group is participating in illegal activities and because of the size of the group new individuals would likely to join rather than oppose such a large group. What is it that they are trying to accomplish? Some groups may respond of the same activities but within distinct areas of the forest. The morale of the entire band, even those members who are not removed, would be educed. So, Porter is right in insisting that cost leadership and differentiation strategies — as he has defined them are generally incompatible.
Continuing to go to the outlying villages for supplies is not an option because with each occurrence their chance of being spotted and followed back to their hiding place within the forest by the Sheriff's men increases dramatically. According to Henri Fayol, this concept is beneficial to the organization by allowing the men to specialize in a limited set of activities, thereby becoming more efficient and increasing their output Carpenter, Bauer, and Erdogan 138. The third part will make a summary for the whole paper. Case Study of Robin Hood Introduction In the case story, Robin Hood and his Merrymen met several problems. The increasing size of the group means that the span of control is drifting too wide. These ideas can be used by marketers to shape the? The only possible exception is if funds were needed immediately there could be a one time implementation of the transit tax for a temporary period of time in order to reach their goals as long as the reasoning was explained beforehand to the organization as well as to their local supporters. A possible method to improve this situation in the future would be to review the recruitment procedures which are in place for the band.
Roobin was gathering more and more people, because he believes, that the power is in numbers. The original band was united by their grievances against the Sheriff. Another matter of concern consists of the dwindling of the food resources. Robin Hood and the Merrymen are facing the problem of not having enough supply of resources to meet the demands of their expanding organization. We identified some alternatives which he could consider.