Pirates of Silicon Valley, 1999: Martyn Burke. This is a semi-humorous biographical film about the men who made the world of technology what it is today, their struggles during college, the founding of their companies, and the ingenious actions they took to build up the global corporate empires of Apple Computer Corporation and Microsoft Inc.
The Damned United, 2009: Tom Hopper. The story of the controversial Brian Clough’s 44-day reign as the coach of the English football club Leeds United. Taking over England’s top football club Leeds United, previously successful manager Brian Clough’s abrasive approach and his clear dislike of the players’ dirty style of play make it certain there is going to be friction. Glimpses of his earlier career help explain both his hostility to previous manager Don Revie and how much he is missing right-hand man Peter Taylor who has loyally stayed with Brighton & Hove Albion.
Office Space, 1999: Mike Judge. In the Initech office, the insecure Peter Gibbons hates his job and the abusive Division VP Bill Lumbergh that has just hired two consultants to downsize the company. His best friends are the software engineers Michael Bolton and Samir Nagheenanajar that also hate Initech, and his next door neighbor Lawrence. His girlfriend Anne is cheating on him but she convinces Peter to visit the hypnotherapist Dr. Swanson. Peter tells how miserable his life is and Dr. Swanson hypnotizes him and he goes into a state of ecstasy. However, Dr. Swanson dies immediately after giving the hypnotic suggestion to Peter. He dates the waitress Joanna and changes his attitude in the company, being promoted by the consultants. When he discovers that Michael and Samir will be fired, they decide to plant a virus in the account system to embezzle fraction of cents in each financial operation into Peter’s account.
The Great Debaters, 2007. Denzel Washington. Marshall, Texas, described by James Farmer, Jr. as “the last city to surrender after the Civil War,” is home to Wiley College, where, in 1935-36, inspired by the Harlem Renaissance and his clandestine work as a union organizer, Professor Melvin Tolson coaches the debate team to a nearly-undefeated season that sees the first debate between U.S. students from white and Negro colleges and ends with an invitation to face Harvard University’s national champions. The team of four, which includes a female student and a very young James Farmer, is tested in a crucible heated by Jim Crow, sexism, a lynch mob, an arrest and near riot, a love affair, jealousy, and a national radio audience.
*It may not be immediately obvious how the film ties into management, but I assure you each of these titles do.
2) Write a 5 page paper, APA format, addressing the following components:
Storyline of the movie
The biggest obstacles the main character faced as a manager, or with management
How did the character overcome the obstacles?
How can you relate the main character’s obstacles to your line of work? What did you learn from the storyline?
Biggest obstacles of main character 25 points
How the character overcame the obstacles 25 points
How you relate/ what you learned 25 points
Spelling & Grammar 15 points
Storyline of movie 10 points
Total score: 100 x 2 = 200/200 points
**Not reaching full length of paper will be an automatic 15 point deduction.
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