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THE COMPANY MEN

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on 20 November 2014

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Transcript of THE COMPANY MEN

DIVISIONAL SALES EXECUTIVE
MAIN CHARACTERS:
BOBBY WALKER:
KEY ETHICAL ISSUES:
AGE DISCRIMINATION
EXECUTIVE COMPENSATION
ETHICAL SCRUTINY: LEGALITY vs. MORALITY
ETHICAL AWARENESS
BUSINESS ETHICS: AT THE MOVIES
THE COMPANY MEN: TRAILER
GENE McCLARY & PHIL WOODWARD
AGE DISCRIMINATION:
THE COMPANY MEN
DIVISION MANAGER
TOP EXECUTIVE
FIRST EMPLOYEE OF GTX
GENE McCLARY:
SENIOR MANAGER
TOP EXECUTIVE
PHIL WOODWARD:
CHIEF EXECUTIVE
OFFICER
JAMES SALINGER:
Nearing the age of 60, the chances of finding a job or starting a
secondary career was dismal.

They were encouraged to change their appearance & alter time specific
content on their résumés in order to appear younger.
JAMES SALINGER
EXECUTIVE COMPENSATION:
AS (CEO) of GTX James Salinger received a $22 million salary.
Initiates relentless downsizing.
Refuses to take a cut in pay.

“I wouldn’t hire anyone over the age of 30 for that job…”
“They would laugh at me if I recommended you…”

PHIL MEETS WITH A COLLEAGUE WITH HOPES OF OBTAINING A JOB:
LEGAL PREVENTION OF AGE DISCRIMINATION:
The Age Discrimination in Employment Act prevents hiring practices based on age.
SEC. 623. [Section 4]
http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/USCODE-2011-title29/html/USCODE-2011-title29-chap14-sec623.htm




A CONTROVERSIAL TOPIC. WHERE IS THE LINE DRAWN?
ETHICAL SCRUTINY: LEGALITY vs. MORALITY
"What about ethical scrutiny? We aren't breaking any laws Gene."
AGE OLD QUESTIONS:
Leader-follower congruence? - Does the leader and follower share ethical beliefs and values?

Do legalities override ethics? The "grey area" vs. the Black & White and the fine separation between them?
PLOT
GLOBAL TRANSPORTING SYSTEMS (GTX), is a multi-billion dollar shipbuilding corporation.
The company downsizes after 2008 stock market crash, laying-off multiple executives and subordinates. The CEO experiences no significant hardships.
As GTX shareholders capitalizing on improved stock with recent lay-offs, former GTX employees open their own corporation; employing those who lost their jobs via unethical means.
MAIN CHARACTERS
When top executives put the stockholders ahead of the stakeholders, lives can be destroyed.



MAIN MESSAGE
FROM HUMBLE BEGINNINGS...
Reputable executive at GTX.
With no luck finding a job, and stricken with embarrassment over being laid-off, he succumbs to an angry drunken stupor, followed by suicide.
His funeral caused Bobby and McClary to reevaluate their situation.

Former Best friend of Salinger, GTX's CEO.
He strove to ethically conduct business; leading to his firing by Salinger because of McClary's constant questioning of unethical proceedings.
Reversed his unemployment crisis after the death of Woodward, starting his own small business; providing jobs to many former GTX employees.

A 37-year-old, successful salesman accustomed to a six figure income before lay-off.
Assumed he was too good for a labor-intensive job.
When money ran out, and not jobs became available, he was hired by a family member to work construction, drawing him closer to his family
Hired by McClary at new business.

APPARENT ISSUE THROUGHOUT FILM
ETHICAL AWARENESS:
Gene McClary was the only character who consistently referenced ethics and considered it to be of high importance .
Top executives appeared to be totally oblivious to ethical thinking and business methods; always acting upon self-interests.
HOW SHOULD THEY HAVE REMEDIED THIS ISSUE?
The implementation and integration of ethical training programs into DTX culture
would have profoundly effected the organization's decision making process when justifying their "downsizing" and executive compensation.
THANK YOU
MARLIE BALL
RYAN O'KEEFE
SAM ALEXANDER
DALLAS SCHWAB
KELSEY STANDS
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