Organizational behavior concepts are relevant not only in the workplace setting alone, but can also be applied to almost all things and setting that we encounter throughout our lives. They can also be found in popular media, such as literature, popular music, movies and cartoons. The Art Imitates Life Project exposed our group to understand the pervasiveness artist, directors, and authors create when inspired by life and the world around them. We were able to analyze these media and depict which organizational behavior concepts applied to each. Our group selected to convey OB concepts from: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (literature), Dilbert (cartoon), “Get Back Up”-T.I. feat Chris Brown (song), and The Lion King (movie). From the media selected, we specifically focused on the organizational behavior concepts of personalities and teamwork, motivation, affect, emotions and influence and power. Description of Media and Concepts
Literature: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, by Paul Heins (translated by Brothers Grimm): Personalities, Motivation & Self-Concept
The story of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, by Paul Heins, depicted some of the many different elements of Organizational Behavior (OB). From the different personalities of the seven dwarfs, to the self-concept the evil queen holds of herself, each page of the story of Snow White holds an OB concept, and also describes each one of the levels of analysis related to OB. The Evil Queen demonstrated the individual level of analysis, the Dwarfs showed group analysis, and Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, together showed an analysis of the organization.
To be the fairest in all the land was a goal of the Evil Queen in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Snow White was growing into a gorgeous little girl and the queen could not have that. The beauty of Snow White was a motivation to the Queen to get rid of her. As the story unfolded, the Evil Queen tried on three separate occasions to kill Snow White after a Hunter failed to do so. The self-concept that the Queen held about herself was not strong. She was influenced by a royal culture and was once the prettiest, but when Snow White came along, the self-concept she once had about herself was gone. The Queen used her magic mirror to boost her self-esteem as this mirror never lied to her; however, once the mirror stated that Snow White was the fairest, the queen became enthralled with jealously. The situation of the Evil Queen can apply to an organization, as you have workers whom are focused only on gaining power and monetary gain for themselves. If that means sabotaging a co-worker, that person will do it, just as the Evil Queen poisoned Snow White to get rid of her and become the fairest of the land.
The Seven Dwarfs were an informal group of little men who mined for gold in the mountains. Each Dwarf has its own personality and its own roles. The dwarfs shared a common goal of not only mining gold, but of also keeping Snow White safe from the Evil Queen. As there is no saying what brought these dwarfs together, it is seen that each one of them is not the sole leader. There is a shared leadership in their group whereas given the situation; Dwarf 1 may step in to be the leader for Dwarf 2 . There is cohesiveness in this group and that is seen definitively when Snow White comes to stay.
When Snow White joined the Seven Dwarfs, they became an organization. The Seven Dwarfs were living with one another as a group until the day Snow White was found in their house unexpectedly. There was an unplanned change that occurred, once Snow White appeared and the Dwarfs came up with a plan quickly to make the situation that was put upon them a positive. They made arrangements with Snow White that if she stayed, she would tend to the house while the Dwarfs worked in the mountains. The organization had great lateral communication with one another in which everyone received the same information as the next. Snow White...
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