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What Can Barca Teach You About Management?

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Quite a bit. At least that’s what the Economist thinks. Economist examines the reasons behind Barca’s current supremacy and contends that Barca’s atypical ownership structure, focus on the long-term by relentlessly nurturing home-grown players in its prestigious La Masia and its careful cultivation of itself as more than a “football club” have a lot to do with Barca’s success.

Barca is owned by its members and not share-holders and that gives the club the room to focus on the long-term instead of short-term revenues and profits. Although, revenue-wise Barca is doing quite well (second only to arch-rival Real Madrid).  Investment in its youth academy and graduating players from the academy into the pro team means they spend a lot less on buying stars from other clubs on the open market. As a secondary benefit by the time they are in the pro team several of the players have spent so much time with each other that they develop great on-field and off-field relationships. There’s a maniacal focus on culture at Barca. Most clubs (and for that matter organizations) only pay lip-service to culture but at Barca it appears that they do take it very seriously. As the culture blog rightly says  For individuals, character is destiny. For organizations, culture is destiny.”

 

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Written by Varma Chanderraju

May 31, 2011 at 5:58 am

Posted in Uncategorized

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