Essay about The Art of War and Human Resource

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The Art of War
Erica McNairy
Lawrence Wagoner
TELS 3345
November 27, 2011

The Art of War and Human Resource
The field of Human Resource coincides with Sun Tzu’s The Art of War in many approaches. “The art of war is of vital importance to the State. It is a matter of life and death, a road either to safety or to ruin. Hence it is a subject of inquiry, which can on no account be neglected” (Tzu). This book was based on military strategies but in reality these strategies can be used in all job fields such as the Human Resources. Sun Tzu broke down each chapter with different strategies for war. From the “Laying of Plans” to the “Use of Spies” an instrumental lesson could be formed with the challenges that Human resource Management is
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To simplify, it’s every aspect of the business at a glance. Tzu emphasizes that Planning is the fundamental of success, it’s the first subject he covers and it should be the first step in reaching organizational success in Human Resource Management.
“Energy (chapter 5) is sort of like employee selection, training and development, and appraising and improving performance in a nutshell, in Human Resource Management. “Hence his ability to pick out the right men and utilize combines energy” (Tzu). In chapter five the commander, will pick his best soldiers to go against his opponent whereas a manager will hire the best to not only run his business smoothly but will be able to attack competition. The energy of the troops will be a large component of the outcome of the battle, in this case victory. The morale of the employees is not the main factor of the business but it’s a major factor. Great energy from the employees can normally insure great business. In this case training and development of the new employee would be the next step in the process. Train the employee and they developed the skills, which is needed for the job, unlike in The Art of War the troops will not necessarily be trained, just learn from their mistakes. This is where The Art of War and Human Resource Management differs, troops are trained of course but as far as chapter 5 goes after the best troops are…

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