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Napoleon Bonaparte: victim of an inferior strategy?

Author: Sinha, Atul ; Kim, W. Chan ; Mauborgne, Renée ; Van Der Heyden, LudoINSEAD Area: StrategyPublisher: Fontainebleau : INSEAD, 2006.Language: EnglishDescription: 34 p.Type of document: INSEAD CaseNote: Latest version available via https://publishing.insead.eduAbstract: One observes that despite the continued application of superior personal strategies and leadership throughout Napoleon's lifetime, success eluded him in the end. The authors observe a pattern of meteoritic rise in the early stages (victories in the battle of Lodi, Marengo, Austerlitz) and a downfall later (Russian invasion, Waterloo). What is behind this rise and fall? Can we find any reasonable explanation? Exploring these questions is the motivation of this case.Pedagogical Objectives: The ultimate aim of the case is to realize that a good strategy should have both good content and good execution. To produce a good strategy, a proper interaction with people or more accurately, a proper decision-making process, during the strategy formulation is critical.
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The ultimate aim of the case is to realize that a good strategy should have both good content and good execution. To produce a good strategy, a proper interaction with people or more accurately, a proper decision-making process, during the strategy formulation is critical.

One observes that despite the continued application of superior personal strategies and leadership throughout Napoleon's lifetime, success eluded him in the end. The authors observe a pattern of meteoritic rise in the early stages (victories in the battle of Lodi, Marengo, Austerlitz) and a downfall later (Russian invasion, Waterloo). What is behind this rise and fall? Can we find any reasonable explanation? Exploring these questions is the motivation of this case.

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