THE (A) strategy of paying everyone the same salary

I was discussing a topic from IELTS writing test with anoter person. The topic sounded something like this “Should a company pay everyone the same salary?”.

I said, “A company could go bankrupt after implementing THE strategy of paying everyone the same salary”.

He corrected me, “A company could go bankrupt after implementing A strategy of paying everyone the same salary”.

I understand that in many cases we should use “a strategy”: “A new business strategy” or “A new marketing strategy”, but
I used “the” because I thought that “paying everyone the same salary” can be considered as a specific strategy.

Am I wrong?

Answer

Either one can be used. The distinction is whether there is effectively only one such strategy (“the”), or instead there is a “menu” of options to meet the criterion (“a”).

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