The Art of War Essay

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All of Sun Tzu’s strategies in The Art of War have been adopted by American businesses in order for them to be successful. Chapter one of The Art of War is “Laying Plans” which has five fundamental factors: the moral law, heaven, earth, the commander, and method and discipline. In business the moral law means one’s mission or goal. Heaven compares to outside forces such as the market and dependencies. Earth would be the scene of action such as people, place, product, and process included in production. Commander is leadership like a sponsor or a bachelor of arts. Method and discipline are the guiding principles similar to business ethics, laws, and policies. Sun Tzu said, “These five heads should be familiar to every general; he who knows …show more content…
Each area in a business is managed by the person most experienced in it. Additionally, a rule for one section of the business does not necessarily apply to every other task.
The following chapter, “Tactical Dispositions,” means to defend ones position until one can receive a promotion and does not create opportunities, instead recognizes one when it appears. Sun Tzu said, “In respect of military method, we have…Measurement…Estimation of quantity…Calculation…Balancing of chances… [and] Victory” (Tzu 12). Measurement to the business world means scope, solution, and the project. Estimation of quantity is the size of the task; the whole work, breakdown, and effort. Calculation is schedule, resources, and costs that need to be planned out. Balancing of chances is the evaluation of solution options for possible risks, issues, and financial analysis. Victory is the chosen Business System Option. “Energy,” chapter five, taught businesses that through the use of extraordinary force and timing a sound organization structure could be built. First, businesses define teams and roles to meet their organizational goals. Ensuring that there is communication in order for it to be functional. For the best results, businesses must cater to the strengths and weaknesses of each individual by placing them wherever they would perform the greatest. Consequently, the following chapter is “Weak Points and Strong,” this

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