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The bows and arrows of Agincourt : can the lessons of medieval history be used to inspire and engage the next generation of operations managers?

Owens, Jonathan D, Wilkinsons, HT and Ramsden, G 2012, The bows and arrows of Agincourt : can the lessons of medieval history be used to inspire and engage the next generation of operations managers? [Teaching Resource].

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Abstract

This paper aims to stimulate student interest in, and engagement with the subject of Operations Management. It assesses the approaches that Henry V took to address the Operational, Supply Chain and Purchasing Management issues that faced his medieval English Army as he prepared it for the invasion of France in 1415, through the innovative application of modern day academic theory. It became apparent that Henry V was a talented Operations Manager who evidently utilised what are now recognised academic theories within the subject field. Subsequently, by inadvertently using these theories he successfully led the English army to triumph at the Battle of Agincourt and to ultimately win the French throne. This paper is focused on quite limited period in English history (1413 to 1415), consequently, it relies on student interest and engagement with this particular series of events. However, perhaps the further application of Operations Management theory to other significant worldwide historical events could provide operations management educationalists more scope for discussion and aid student engagement.

Item Type: Teaching Resource
Schools: Schools > Salford Business School
Funders: Non funded research
Depositing User: Dr Jonathan D Owens
Date Deposited: 08 Feb 2016 14:53
Last Modified: 08 Feb 2016 14:53
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/37939

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