Robin Hood Case Study

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ROBIN HOOD CASE STUDY ANALYSIS STRATEGIC MANAGEMENT 11th February 2014 INTRODUCTION The case study Robin Hood reflects upon the issues and problems that Robin Hood is presently confronted with regarding the state of his band, the Merrymen, its position against the Sheriff, and possible alternatives to diffuse the growing tension and economic concerns attributed to the increasing number of his band. The Merrymen had been a strong and united group from the outset of its formation, but the growth in its membership had proven to be more problematic for Robin Hood than he initially anticipated. As the band grew larger, the men would socialize and play games between raids, therefore decreasing their vigilance and making it more difficult to enforce discipline among the group. Food supply in the forest also became insufficient to provide for the growing band, and thus they sought out supplies from outlying villages, or confiscated goods from travelers when food costs began to drain their financial resources. Robin started to consider a change in the Merrymen’s policy from the utter confiscation of goods to one of a fixed transit tax, but his group’s leaders were resistant to that idea, as they firmly held the band’s original motto: “Rob the rich and give to the poor,”—thinking it wrong to tax the farmers and townspeople because they are the band’s greatest allies, and fearing that this would make them turn against the Merrymen. Robin felt that the Merrymen’s “old ways” of doing things had started to weaken their status and control. Moreover, the Sheriff had now gained the money and the men to antagonize the band, giving him the ultimate chance to deliver them a “mortal blow”. Robin must now decide what his options are in order to sustain the Merrymen’s strength and power against the Sheriff’s uprising, and assess different strategies to re-establish the present and
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