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Case 20 - Robin Hood

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1. What problems does Robin Hood have? What issues need to be addressed? 2. Do Robin Hood and the Merrymen need a new mission? new objectives? a new strategy?

In the second year of the insurrection against the Sheriff of Nottingham, the tide of events is turning against Robin Hood and his men. The revolt, which began as a personal crusade inspired by anger, is feeling the consequences of not having a long term strategy or plan. In order to be successful, key changes are necessary for Robin Hood and the Merrymen. Robin Hood faces a myriad of problems that can potentially influence the changes that are crucial for Robin’s organization, as well as affect the effectiveness of the insurrection. As the CEO of his organization, Robin has the responsibility to act in the best interest of the Merrymen as a whole and not let personal grievances compromise his judgment. Robin Hood’s opposition to the Sheriff and Prince John make him the face of the revolt, and consequently, cause the ranks of the Merrymen swell. With so many men and too few tasks or jobs, a majority of the Merrymen lounge around the camp talking and playing games—not vigilant as their training teaches them to be. As part of Robin Hood’s organizational structure, Little John keeps discipline among the men; however, since the number of Merrymen keeps growing it is increasingly difficult for the lieutenant to discipline the men. Likewise, the growing band exceeding the food capacity of the forest, game is the forest is scarce, and the band is purchasing supplies from outlying villages to account for the forest’s deficiencies. The cost of buying food and supplies drains the financial reserves of the band, and considering that revenues are declining as travelers start to avoid Sherwood, there is the possibility that the band will burn through the reserves quickly. Additionally, the Sheriff is growing stronger and recruiting more men. For Robin Hood, this means that any decision he makes needs to happen...

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