The paper "Strategy and Operations Management of a Company" is a wonderful example of an assignment on management. Robin Longstride, commonly known an s Robin Hood, is an English outlaw who in the 12th century A. D. was famed for stealing from the rich and giving the loot to the poor. Robin Hood operated with a gang of fellow outlaws, the Merry Men, with their base in Sherwood Forest. With Robin Hood as their leader, the gang managed to set up raids on rich noblemen property and waylay convoys and soldier patrols in the remote passageways through the forest.
The group was able to achieve much success in their operations, especially in the early part, against much opposition from the law and with limited manpower and resources. The gang's success shows a remarkable leadership quality on Robin Hood's part, while the successful execution of the group's plans shows much commitment to their cause on the part of the former soldiers. The organization's success and ability to survive external change and internal challenges resulted from careful strategy formulation and implementation, strategic leadership, and competitive advantage. History And Basis Of The Problem Robin Hood fought as a common archer and swordsman in Richard the Lionheart's army in the Third Crusade and in France.
At the beginning of the legend, during the siege of Chalus Castle in Jerusalem, Robin Hood falls out with the king over his honest opinion about the war and the king's rule. He and his comrades are thrown into prison to await the end of the siege, but they succeed in planning an escape and deserting the Army. The band, which by then was a loosely knit organization sought their way to England where they found that the King had been overthrown in his absence by his brother, who had a cruel and tyrannical rule.
The band head to Nottingham, Robin's hometown, to find an equally cruel Sherriff had taken over his and others' family lands for the state and thereby begins a fight to drive him out. The group hides in Sherwood forest where they join up with another gang, the Merry Men, and together they carry out raids and ambushes on the rich barons' and state property, and on soldiers and convoys passing through the forest. The band enjoys much success in robbing the rich and giving the proceeds to the poor.
However, the organization faced a number of challenges mainly relating to shortages in supplies and in organizing and maintaining the internal structure of the group. The sheriff and state had by far larger numbers of soldiers and resources which gave them an upper hand against Robin Hood's organization. The hard operating environment and the risky mission in which the organization engaged in had a negative effect on the motivation of the soldiers and made the task of leading them more difficult for Robin Hood.
As the leader, Robin Hood was faced with leading and managing a larger organization with resource constraints and in a changing, challenging, and uncertain environment. Despite this, he was able to lead the organization to remarkable success and the eventual realization of their main objectives. This is evidence of a carefully formulated strategy and well-executed plans, both of which require strategic leadership qualities and motivated team members especially for a military organization like this one.
The small size of the organization and its limited resources compared to its opposition required Robin Hood and the Merry Men to establish and maintain a high competitive advantage to survive and to achieve the strategic objectives set.
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