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Organizational Behavior-The Devil Wears Prada
Transcript of Organizational Behavior-The Devil Wears Prada
April 23rd, 2013 The Devil Wears Prada Basics about the movie: Basic storyline: "A naive young woman comes to New York and scores a job as the assistant to one of the city's biggest magazine editors, the ruthless and cynical Miranda Priestly."
Shows the world of fashion and corporate America.
Portrays a "normal girl" struggling to fit in and excel in this new world. Relevant Theories: Virtue-Based Theory: Andy realizes she has changed and her identity is lost in her job. She later has to make decisions about what the right thing to do is. (Letting Miranda know about possible firing.)
Utilitarian Theory: movie shows contrast through Miranda's actions. Miranda makes decisions that only benefit herself. Key Themes in movie: Expert Power: Miranda Priestly displays an attitude that portrays her more knowledgeable than the others, especially since she is Editor-in-Chief.
Reward Power: Emily Blunt's character is trying to make it to Fashion Week so she is putting up with Miranda's outrageous demands.
Coercive Power: Miranda continually threatens to fire Andy if she does not meet her tasks. Main Theme: The concept of power completely defines this movie.
The relationship between Miranda Priestly and Andy Sachs demonstrates several types of power. Introduction to movie: Key Terms Cont'd. Legitimate power: Miranda and Andy establish a relationship where, "agent and target agree that the agent has the right to influence the target."
Referent power: Miranda assumes that she has referent power over Andy. Ending suggests differently. Ethical Perspectives: Cognitive Dissonance: Andy finds herself in conflict with her attitudes and behaviors. She realizes what she was starting to accomplish wasn't worth what she left behind.
Organizational Citizenship Behavior: Miranda expected nothing less from Andy. Andy was expected to "go beyond the call of duty." Organizational Commitment & Values Continuance Commitment: Andy could not afford to leave because she needed the work experience. Working for Miranda at least a year meant opportunities at many other places.
Values: Andy had to figure out what values she had, and how she was going to act on them.
(Loyalty to boyfriend, loyalty to colleague vs. self-preservation.) Organizational Behavior
Take-away - Power plays such a big role in the workplace.
- Have to decide what your values are and how they will dictate actions.
- Relationships in the workplace can either help or hinder your success. (Group Dynamics - Stanley Tucci) Any Questions? Thanks for your