organization films


Lisa Fairfax at the Conglomerate wonders what movie clips corporate law professors use to spice up their classes. She uses Barbarians at the Gate and a clip from Trading Places. I show parts of The Corporation and Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room to inspire a little debate in the class. I also use clips from Apollo 13 to demonstrate how ideal-type bureaucracies are supposed to work, and clips from Office Space in discussing Merton’s pathologies of bureaucracy. What other films or television shows do people use?

Written by brayden king

September 6, 2006 at 3:56 pm

Posted in brayden, education

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  1. I use, which is about two guys that start an internet firm during the dotcom boom a few years ago. Nice documentary on how organizations evolve.


    Fabio Rojas

    September 6, 2006 at 6:06 pm

  2. Some materials that I have found helpful: 

    In films – Hoosiers has some nice intuition about change and culture (of the org’l variety). In documentaries – the Mt. Everest IMAX one is great on decision-making, biases, and teams; the (Sundance award-winning) Dogtown documentary (not movie) is fantastic on the evolution of technology etc. In sitcoms – I am trying to find ways to slip in snippets of The Office; and I use a fantastically relevant Curb Your Enthusiasm-clip for illustrating myth and ceremony in organizations.



    September 7, 2006 at 4:49 am

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