Portfolio. Robin Hood Case
Based upon the tutorial session on this case and from your analysis of the Robin Hood case, prepare a Learning Portfolio of approximately 500 words (see assignment instructions for details on word limits, referencing and appendices). The tasks are to:
1. By relating to both the Strategic Drift Model (Johnson, Scholes and Whittington 2011.p158) and the EVR congruency model determine:
a) Where on the strategic drift model is Robin Hoods organisation at the close of the case?
b) Which of the possible EVR scenarios best explains the closing situation facing Robin Hood?
Briefly justify both your arguments.
2. In order to regain EVR congruency and to realise Robins vision, what new mission and strategic options should Robin Hood and his merry men follow from now on and outline the immediate steps that should now be taken?
Answers to the Portfolio questions must be brief and in a concise executive summary format which demonstrates your learnings on the topics selected. Answers should be referenced in terms of both supporting sources of contextual evidence/argument and to the related literature in terms of underpinning theory and concepts.
Portfolio Page Limits is 500 words each plus an allowance for up to a further 4 pages of appendices to support your argument
Robin Hood – Introductory Case Study
New York University (1991)
It was in the spring of the second year of his insurrection against the High Sheriff of Nottingham that Robin Hood took a walk in Sherwood Forest. As he walked he pondered the progress of the campaign, the disposition of his forces, the Sheriffs recent moves, and the options that confronted him.
The revolt against the Sheriff had begun as a personal crusade. It erupted out of Robins conflict with the Sheriff and his administration. However, alone Robin Hood could do little. He therefore sought allies, men with grievances and a deep sense of justice. Later he welcomed all who came, asking few questions and demanding only willingness to serve. Strength, he believed, lay in numbers.
He spent the first year forging the group into a disciplined band, united in enmity against the Sheriff, and willing to live outside the law. The bands organisation was simple. Robin ruled supreme, making all important decisions. He delegated specific tasks to his lieutenants. Will Scarlet was in charge of intelligence and scouting. His main job was to shadow the sheriff and. His men always alert to their next move. He also collected information on the travel plans of rich merchants and tax collectors. Little John kept discipline among the men and saw to it that their archery was at the high peak that their profession demanded. Scarlot took care of the finances, converting loot to cash, paying shares of the take, and finding suitable hiding places for the surplus. Finally Much the Millers son had the difficult task of provisioning the ever increasing band of Merrymen.
The increasing size of the band is a source of satisfaction for Robin, but also a source of concern. The fame of his Merrymen was spreading, and new recruits poured in from every corner of England. As the band grew larger, their small bivouac became a major encampment. Between raids the men milled about, talking and playing games. Vigilance was in decline and discipline becoming harder to enforce. “Why”, Robin reflected, “I dont know half the men I run into these days. ”
The growing band was also beginning to exceed the food capacity of the forest. Game was becoming scarce, and supplies had to be obtained from outlying villages. The cost of buying food was beginning to drain the bands financial reserves at the very moment when revenues were in decline. Travellers, especially those with the most to lose, were now giving the forest a wide birth. This was costly and inconvenient to them, but it was preferable to having all their goods confiscated.
Robin believed that it was time for