Exploring Companies' Behavioral Paradox By Using "The Corporation" Documentary


6th International Strategic Management Conference, Russia, 1 - 04 July 2010, pp.1277-1282

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Full Text
  • Country: Russia
  • Page Numbers: pp.1277-1282


Films are widely used in business education to illuminate management concepts. Since films can provide the real view of the theories and concepts worked in issues, they have more lasting impression. Ethical matters are more complex and involve many different and interlinked processes and influences. This makes the subject difficult for students lacking business experience or frame of reference to enable them to understand potential conflicts of interest that occur in business practices. In this study, “The Corporation”, a documentary film by March Achbar, Jennifer Abbott and Joel Bakan, which has received awards in film festivals around the world, has been used for analysis to illustrate the behavioral paradox of corporations. Film analysis has been used as an educational tool for teaching organizational behavior and management concepts since 1970s. Through showing “The Corporation”, a quantitative analysis has been conducted by comparing the essays written by students.