5.1

Chapter: Energy 5.1

Translation:

Sun Tzu said: 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.

Commentary

The principles of control and direction are the same, no matter how large the force. The way armies do this is through a strict hierarchy that divides and subdivides, such that the lowest level fighting teams are quite small.

The same problem faces businesses: to be able to manage size. Common problem include where the top becomes detached from the front line, and where high-level strategy gets corrupted by the time it reaches operational management. Perhaps industry could learn something here from the military.