1) Create a basic organization chart for Robin Hood and The Merrymen. Write each person’s name and what they are responsible for doing. Basic organization chart for Robin Hood and The Merrymen
2) Perform a basic SWOT analysis on the situation Robin Hood is in. List the top 3-4 Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats that Robin Hood faces. SWOT analysis on the Robin Hood situation:
* Robin ruled supreme.
* The band was increasing in numbers.
* Very strong management team which covered the structure and finances of the organization.
* Growing numbers of the men are leading to fast depletion of the food supply from the forest. * Discipline was becoming harder to enforce and vigilance was in decline. * Supplies were starting to become scarce.
* Robin could have accepted the invitation to join the Barons, who had set out to collect the ransom that would release King Richard, the Lionheart, from his jail in Austria in return for Robin’s future amnesty. * Kill the Sheriff and thereby ending his reign in Nottingham. * Change their policy of out-right confiscation of goods to one of a fixed transit tax.
* The Sheriff was growing and was beginning to harass the band, probing for its weaknesses. * Robin didn’t know half the men he ran with, which would make it a huge threat because Prince John had spies everywhere. * Merchant travelers were also taking alternate routes to avoid having their goods confiscated by Robin and his which resulted in a loss of revenue for the band.
3) Do Robin Hood and the Merrymen need a new plan? Is continuing with the present course of action an option or is that now obsolete? I believe that Robin Hood and his band of Merrymen definitely need a new plan. Continuing in the same course they are currently in would be obsolete. Robin Hood is currently faced with many issues which need to change. His band of Merrymen is rapidly growing with insufficient resources; they are starting to exceed the food capacity, they are draining their financial reserves, and Robin is losing control of his Merrymen Band. Their source of revenue is in decline because the rich merchant travelers in which they steal from are now seeking alternate routes through the forest to avoid having their goods confiscated by the Merrymen. Robin needs to come up with a new plan; one that addresses all the issues above and one that would also be able to better discipline and train his growing band of Merrymen,
4) Do you think it makes sense to impose a fixed transit tax to counter the decline in revenues? Why or why not? I think that it wouldn’t make any sense for Robin to impose a fixed transit tax on all the transportations commuted through the Sherwood Forest because taxing the farmers and the townspeople, which are your most important allies, would make Robin lose their support. Losing the support of the locals would be foolish because Robin doesn’t have many allies and the only allies that he has, he shouldn’t piss them off because then he will never receive his insights as to what rich merchants will be passing their way. Also, imposing this fixed transit tax would go against the Merrymen’s motto of “Rob the rich and give to the poor” and would make them very upset; and can possibly lead them to turn against Robin. 5) What is your opinion about expanding the band’s operations to a larger area around Sherwood Forest as a way of solving these problems? Why or why not is this a good idea? I don’t think it would be a good idea to expand the band’s operation to a larger area in the Sherwood Forest because Robin is currently faced with the problem of not knowing his men and they are not well disciplined. It would be foolish to split the men up and have them in charge of their own duty; they can steel from the rich and keep it to themselves. Now, if...