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Strategy Power Plays: Winning Business Ideas from the World's Greatest Strategic Minds by Karen Mccreadie, Tim Phillips

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68 CONTROL THROUGH DIVISION

‘The control of a large force is the same principle as the control of a few men: it is merely a question of dividing up their numbers’. Here Sun Tzu tells us that the energy required to manage a large force should be the same as a small force if you manage it correctly.

This issue of size is a constant concern in business, especially as business grows and expansion causes its own challenges. The optimum size of a company or workgroup is open to debate. Virgin chief Richard Branson believes fifty to sixty is enough – his Virgin businesses are known for their flat structure to ensure everyone has a voice. Tom Peters suggests 150 and Bill Gates thinks that 200 employees is best. No one adheres to thousands. So what ...

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