Good Movie for Undergraduate Management Class?

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  • #135126

    Paul M Raetsch
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    I have used “13 Days in October” (Kevin Costner and Cuban Missile Crisis) as teaching experience in a few MPA classes I have taught.
    I am to teach an undergraduate Management I course and am looking for a few movies that I could suggest students review and critique for basic management concepts. I have to miss one class and will either have the students review a book (Drucker, etc) or a movie and then make a presentation to the class explaining what they learned relating to management functions, skills, etc. I would really like ideas that show the difference between managing and leading.
    So, I would appreciate any suggestions for a good book (Godfather I & II has been suggested) or movies for a basic Management class.
    Thanks

  • #135160

    Mark Hammer
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    What about those training movies that John Cleese and his partner produced?

    http://www.johncleesetraining.com/

  • #135158

    Elliot Volkman
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    Management and leadership generally run parallel, and we watched 12 Angry Men. It was used to help us identify diversity, differences in opinion, and finding the best solution for the problem.

  • #135156

    Joe Flood
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    No one’s mentioned Office Space yet? When thinking of management, it’s the movie that comes immediately to mind. Many of your students have probably already seen it and it contains lots of humorous lessons in what not to do if you’re a manager.

  • #135154

    Mark Hammer
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    I was going to recommend that one, but it would have seemed a little cynical…not to mention jeopardized the lifespan of office equipment! 🙂

    Perhaps a little political, but you might also consider “Smartest Guys in the Room”: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1016268/

    Trouble is, there tend to be far more films produced about management disasters than about successes and admirable practices.

  • #135152

    Carol Davison
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    Dead Poet’s Society to see Robin WIlliams ENGAGE those boy! and ethics.

  • #135150

    JoAnn Paxson
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    My graduate-level class in Decision Theory and Problem Solving included both Twelve Angry Men and Apollo 13 (presented to you in numerical order, it seems.)

  • #135148

    Paul M Raetsch
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    Thanks JoAnn

    I found this clip from Mr. Robert could maintain the numeric sequence:

    http://www.tcm.com/mediaroom/video/323469/Mister-Roberts-Movie-Clip-Fourteen-Months.html

    Actually, that movie has some interesting aspects, so I may add it to my loist.

    Thanks

    Paul Raetsch

  • #135146

    Paul M Raetsch
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    Thanks Eliot – looks like this one will be on the list I give to the students,

    Thank you very much

    Paul

  • #135144

    Paul M Raetsch
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    Thanks Joe – I mentioned this to my eldest and his wife and they both agreed, so thanks.

    Paul

  • #135142

    Paul M Raetsch
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    Thanks Carol

    He does indeed engage them. I like the ethics angle.

    Someone suggested Al Pacino’s speech in Scent of a Woman as a choice for ethics. Another good one,

    Thanks

    Paul

  • #135140

    Paul M Raetsch
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    Thanks Mark

    Someone sent me this UTube clip, which is somewhat of a disaster,

    Leadership – Glengarry Glen Ross

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?

    v=xKzMd328bMw&feature=youtu.be

    Thanks Mark


  • #135138

    Faye Newsham
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    What about “Outsourced”? Not only is it a good look at learning how to motivate a diverse workforce but also dealing with cultural differences in general. http://movies.nytimes.com/2007/09/28/movies/28outs.html – NY Times gave it a great rating too! It can also be a good way to discuss outsourcing in general (pros and cons).

  • #135136

    Elliot Volkman
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    Just make sure not to mistaken the film for the terrible show. We also watched this one in grad school for a leadership and diversity course. Great film!

  • #135134

    Paul M Raetsch
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    Thanks Faye. Great choice for undergraduates who have no clue on the need to understand the importance of international diversity.

  • #135132

    ed bernacki
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    Some great movies for lessons in business.

    Kinky Boots – a great UK movie on discovering new business opportunities to save an old traditional shoe / boot company.It is based on a true story. Quite funny too.

    BIG – the Tom Hanks movies has a great scene in which the executive team is discussing a product concept until Hanks starts questioning everything. It leads to a great new idea. It is interesting to watch how the CEO is supportive of the questioning – something that is too rare in my opinion.

    Ed Bernacki

  • #135130

    Terrence Hill
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    I just watched Horrible Bosses this weekend. If you want a contemporary comedy that exagerates the foible of mis-management, this is your movie! It addresses issues of sexual harassment, exploitation of labor, nepotism, drug-use, and other HR issues. You can also always use episodes of The Office, one of my favorite series. The beauty of these two is that they are mainstream and popular.

  • #135128

    Paul M Raetsch
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    Thanks Terry – I agree that comedy (with a point) will make sense for this class – introductory, undergraduate.

    I intend to open the class with this from The Office:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bVVsDIv98TA&feature=related

    Sums up several management principles!

    Thanks again, I will offer Horrible Bosses as an option.

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