Robin Hood Case Study Robin and the Merrymen are in business to steal from the rich and give to the poor. The organization had begun as a personal interest to Robin, and has grown with allies and new recruits to become a very large organization. Robin is the head of all operations with few delegates who have their own specific duties. 1. What problems does Robin Hood have? What issues need to be addressed? Robin Hood’s dilemma is that he must overcome his largest competitor, the Sheriff, who is getting stronger and becoming better organized than Robin Hood and the Merrymen.
Robin Hood started with a noble cause fueled by anger and had no long term plan. Now with the increasing forces he is faced with many issues and is forced to make changes in his strategy. Robin’s forces have become quite large, so large in fact that it’s considered oversized for the needs. Resources have become increasingly scarce due to the larger number of men. These sudden changes call for a change in management strategy for Robin and for new members to buy into that strategy.
He also only has one manager to help support his management strategy and losing Little John would cause a devastating blow to Robin and his band. 2. What strategic options does Robin Hood have (explain)? Is continuing with the present strategy an option or is the present strategy obsolete (why? )? Robin Hood’s current plan is becoming obsolete. If robbing from the rich and giving to the poor is their current strategy, and the rich are avoiding the forest from fear of being robbed.. Robin should consider a new strategy.
If he continues with his present strategy, food and resources will become increasingly scarce. Some strategic options Robin has might be: Form a strategic alliance with the barons and rescue King Richard. He could consider a defensive strategy and kill the sheriff. He could diversify and expand outside the forest. He could also maybe go with an offensive strategy and switch to a fixed transit tax. 3. What are the pros and cons of accepting the offer of the barons to assist in securing King Richard’s release from prison?
The pros of accepting the offer of the barons to assist in securing King Richard’s release from would be, Robin would be granted full amnesty, and his status restored to the kingdom. Not to mention the campaign against the Sheriff would be successful. The cons would be if the plan was unsuccessful, King John would retaliate and Robin could lose the lives of his men, or lose his own life. 4. What action plan would you recommend to Robin? Robin Hood should accept the offer from the barons, and secure King Richard release from prison.
Although this is the most risky of decisions, it would have greatest rewards. 5. How should Robin implement the recommended plan? What action steps will need to be taken to make the recommended strategy work successfully? Robin should begin an alliance with the barons. They should develop some sort of strategic plan and implement the plan to secure King Richard’s release. This could be considered a partnership, Robin Hood and his men are the workers and the barons are the investors. It would be a winning strategy.