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Organizational Behavior: Office Space
Stephanie Fasulo
MGMT 459
University of La Verne
Professor Maria C. Duran
September 7, 2010

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Introduction…………………………………………………………………………3

Work Motivation…...….……………………………………………………………4

Group Dynamics………..……………......................................................................5

Organizational Structure and Culture….…………………………............................7

Sail Around………………………………………………………………..……….5

Conclusion…………………………………………………………………………..8

References…………………………………………………………………………..9

Organizational Behavior: Office Space
Introduction
The movie “Office Space,” which was directed in 1999 by Mike Judge, examines and critiques the various organizational practices within our society. Office Space is about a group of software engineers who work in a software company, Initech, which is characterized by excessive management. The greater part of the movie’s plot is about everyday annoyances of the office work within the company. The main character in the movie, Peter Gibbons, works as a disgruntled programmer of the company. This job encompasses sitting within a cubicle crunching numbers the whole day; an enough reason to get one bored and go crazy about own job. He spends entire days on his desk staring at nothing in particular, instead of reprogramming software of a bank of the expected Y2K disaster. Peter’s co-workers include Michael Bolton, Samir Nagheenanajar, and Milton Wassams. The four workers are under constant harassment from Initech’s management, especially the vise president Bill Lumbergh. The arrival of some two consultants “The Bobs” further agitates the staff. The Bobs are brought in to provide help in cutting of the company’s expenses, majorly through downsizing. The Office Space traces Peter’s course of realization of his despise of his job, triggering his rebel to it. This movie depicts unsatisfactory, and oppression view of the corporate working world as well as the attempts to demonstrate ineffective and unhealthy practices, which many organizations and businesses utilize. While there are many elements in the movie that are absurd and exaggerated, many of them have some traits of truth of the happenings in many classically-managed organizations. Betsy (2010, para, 1) has argued that by presentation of the daily horrors which an organization’s management can create, Office Space serves as a model of what an admirable and successful organization should avoid.

Work Motivation
Moorhead and Griffin (2009, p. 81), drawing from chief executive officer and founder of Netflix company, Reed Hastings, observed that the primary source of the success of any company is the human resource and therefore the primary goal of any organization should be to motivate the employees. Hastings had stated that the company is never afraid to pay its employees higher salary, as long as they help the company in optimizing its production. He argued that the focus on employees needs is ever rewarding to the production of the company. Motivation is all about understanding the employees’ preferences and unsatisfied needs and working towards providing the preferences and satisfying the needs (Gunkel, 2006, p. 21). Companies that have a tendency of patronizing their employees and giving them moral and material support never worries of possible lowered production from the negligence of the human force. Providing employees with an exciting workplace is among the leading motivation that any organization can employ (Moorhead & Griffin, 2009, p. 81-82). However, this is lacking in our case-study movie. In Office Space, employees loath their workplaces: Peter the main actor goes to an extent of quitting from the boredom he experiences. He spends every day in his cubicle staring at the table doing nothing. Lack of an enjoyable working environment is likely to demoralize employees consequently reducing an organization’s...
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