I hope each one of you have seen this Epic on TV . I was itching to write on this but have to control myself as I wanted to preserve my best for t last . Yes this is my last article in t series " Seven things you can learn from" .
It took me 3 days to finalise this article as it is totally my creation . No part of this article is taken from any Case study of any B-school. I have tried to relate this epic with Strategic Management by taking examples from this epic to explain t principles of Strategic Management.
Ok without wasting any time " Let the show begins" .
(B) Characters of this case study
(1) Kaurav Ltd.
CEO -- Duryodhana
President - Dhritarashtra (Duryodhana's fat r)
Chief Mentor -- Mama Shakuni
(2) Pandav Ltd.
CEO -- Arjun
President - Yudhisthira
Chief Mentor -- Krishna
(C) 7 Concepts of Strategic Management you can learn from Mahabharata
T President of Kaurav Ltd i.e. Dhritarashtra had no vision at all . c'd not override his weakness for his son . was used by Shakuni and Duryodhana. was incapable of taking any decision. remained silent during t dice game in which Yudhisthira lost eveything and also let his son insult Draupadi.
failed to forecast t result of this humiliation which eventually became t root cause of this war.
was a weak leader and failed to follow his responsibilities as a president in a proper manner.
T ir President Yudhisthira was a man of great vision and was respected even by his competitors . was an expert in administration and a man of values and ad red to truth and Dharma.
used his image in a great manner as on t first day of war applied a great strategy. went over to Kaurava's to take blessing from Elders and in return got t secret of defeating t m . ( Remember the case of Bhishma) . This lped t m to gain strategic advantage over Kaurava Ltd.
also anticipated t war at an early stage and started preperations for it.
It is the direction and scope of an organisation and lps it to compete with competitors.
T ir Chief Mentor or Strategist Shakuni relied on unfair trade practices. Such things may work in short-term but a complete failure in long-term.
A good strategist is one who knows t weakness of competitors and exploit t m. s'd lp t Co. to recover from any situation .
Shakuni was wicked and believed in short-term profits. was biased and use to think about t welfare of CEO i.e. Duryodhana only and not of Kaurav Ltd. as a whole .
T y have got t best strategist in t form of Krishna which t world has ever seen.
believed in forming strong allies and was responsible for t merger of Pandava Ltd. with Dwarka (Remember Arjuna's marriage with Subhadra w n Duryodhana wanted to marry r) , Rakshas (marriage of B em with hidimba) ,Panchala (marriage of Arjun with draupadi), Matsya (marriage of Abhimanyu and Uttara) etc..
asked Yudhisthir to go to Bhishm on 1st day of war to know t ir weakness.
was responsible for forming t strategy of t death of Dronacharya , Karna and even Duryodhana.
It acts as a catalyst in achieving a company's mission , vision , goal and objectives.
Kaurav T ir CEO was motivated by greed for t Indraprastha . was ready to do apply any means w t r fair and unfair to achieve his goal . was a great example of evil and fighting against t truth.
T y were fighting for t ir self-respect and this is t greatest motivation in this world. T y believed in fair practices only.
It is t art to take right decision at t right time. One s'd grab t opportunity at t write time to gain advantage over t competitors.
To take good decision one s'd have great level of concentration and low level of anxiety and t ir CEO was completely opposite of that. was a man of low concentration , high level of anxiety and believed in unfair practices.
believed in finance more than Human Resource. choose Krishna's army over him which was his biggest mistake.
Arjuna was a person of great concentration and was very focussed. choose Krishna over his army which came to be a masterstroke. use to set example for ot rs.
(5) SWOT ANALYSIS
T y converted t ir strength into weakness as t y use to indulge in war with ot r kingdom which caused both loss of men and creation of enemies.
T y utilized t ir exile period in which Arjun acquired Divyastra and Yudhistir formed t strategy of war by taking teaching from different Gurus .
Thus t y converted t ir weakness into strength.
T re was lack of commitment from Kaurav's .T ir main warriors like B eshm and Dronacharya didn't wanted war and promised not to kill any of t Pandava's.
Karna was fighting t war just to be loyal to Duryodhana but wasn't fully involved in t war as promised not to kill any Pandava except Arjun.
Everyone was assigned a role and t y did it with t ir limited capabilities.
Abhimanyu and Ghatotkatch sacrificed t ir life for t ir team .
Both of them contributed a lot as Abhimanyu fought with 7 Maharatis single handed and Ghatotkatch took away half of Kaurava's army with him.
(7) Team work
T y didn't work as a team. Many of t m use to hate each ot r. Bhishma didn't wanted Karna to participate in t war. Bhishma and Karna both use to hate Shakuni and his tactics . It means t y didn't have faith in t ir key strategist.
T y put team interest above all and each person was involved in every process. T y respect each ot r and use to listen to t ir CEO.
T y had a mission and a common goal and t y worked for it.
With this I end my series and I hope you enjoyed it and learnt a lot from this inspirational series.
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