Understanding Concepts of Strategy in Business and War

Understanding Concepts of Strategy in Business and War

Without strategy, war would be nothing but chaos and death, a game of chance in which survival depends on luck. This may well have been the case in prehistoric times with violence a way to gain power, as perceived by educator Nick Thorpe (2000) in his study of the Mesolithic period. He notes that massacres and violent deaths were not unusual in prehistoric Europe according to archeology studies, even though that period usually has been considered a peaceful era. Conflict leading to an act of war is obviously a common element of the human condition. The art of war, on the other hand, as opposed to the act of war, has been defined by Chinese philosopher Sun Tzu as a way of thinking that calls for developing a working plan before going into battle. It was written more than 2300 years ago and has become the basis of military strategy.
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