Napoleon - The Master Strategist



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Code :LDS0020A

Year :
2006

Industry : General Business

Region : Null

Teaching Note:Available

Structured Assignment :Available

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Abstract: The modern era trade could be called the ‘warfare’ of business people as they maneuver for increased revenues on the battlefield of commerce. Winning the business war could depend upon many factors such as, focus in creating a plan, flexibility, good people with skills and equipment, and a good leader with abilities to motivate and manage people.

Napoleon Bonaparte used these factors to win his battles. Napoleon's 'La Grande Armee' (French word for ‘Big Army’ or ‘The Great Army’) achieved an advantage over their enemies following Napoleon’s flanking strategy, first mover advantage and by living off the land. However, Napoleon also faced failures in some of his wars and downfall in later stage of life.

The case correlates Napoleon’s warfare strategies with modern era business situations. The achievements and failures of Napoleon provide several insights to corporate strategists. Several parallels could be drawn from Napoleon’s life by today’s managers.

The case highlights Napoleon’s strategic leadership skills through which he transformed his weak army into a brave one. It also discusses how Napoleon used flanking strategy to surprise the enemy; how he made Innovations and got first mover advantage and his supply chain management skills. Besides, the case also highlights the insights that Napoleon’s failures provide to managers.

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Pedagogical Objectives:

  • To link the Napoleonic warfare strategies vis-à-vis modern era Strategic Management
  • To discuss the concept of strategic leadership
  • To analyse innovation strategies and first mover advantage
  • To understand flanking movements and offensive strategy.

    Keywords : Business Strategy, Strategic Management, Leadership Case Study, Competitive strategy, Strategic Leadership, First Mover Advantage, Innovations, Supply Chain Management, Offensive Strategy, Flanking Movements, Military Strategies, Warfare Strategies, Napoleon Bonaparte, La Grande Armée

    Contents :
    » Birth and Early Childhood
    » Napoleon’s Military life and Strategies
    » Leadership
    » Surprise the Enemy
    » The Downfall of Napoleon


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