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



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