Sun Zi Essay

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The Sun Zi Art of War is a Chinese military treatise that was most likely written by Sun Tzu in the Spring and Autumn period, which is roughly the same period as Confucius. Some scholars believe it was written during the later Warring States period. Sun Zi was introduced to the emperor of Wu Kingdom by Wu Zi Xu to explain his art of war theories. The emperor eventually agreed to employ him as his General after he successfully demonstrated the military strategies with the emperor's royal concubines at the emperor's request.

The Sun Zi Art of War is the definitive work on military strategies and tactics of its time, and still one of the basic strategies used in business today. Sun Tzu suggested the importance
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(Waging War 2010)

However, speed is also one of the important strategies in war/business. In war, it is better to go for swift victories rather than engage in prolonged military campaigns. In business activities, speed is one of the effective ways to reduce the operation cost of the company. For example, sushi king has introduced “revolving sushi” with quick service restaurant concept to suit the today’s fast pace of life. Besides, they offer a wide variety of sushi along with affordable prices to quickly gain the popularity to become a favourite among locals and foreigners alike. The organization productivity can be increased and their value in market can be improved as well by reducing the time for operation. It will be a factor of core competitive advantage for the organization. (Waging War 2010)

Sun zi said: He (the general) who is adept in warfare does not required additional conscription of soldiers nor multiple replenishment of food and supplies. In business activities, any activities which are not value added must be reduce or cut down. They just go for the activities which are beneficial to the organization and do the activities in right decision, right situation and will not repeat the mistake again. If the company want to exist in the market, the capital rolling must be very active and better can reach break even point within 2-3years. The