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Case Lens on Commitment In the Backdrop of Hollywood Movie, Spotlight

ORGANIZATIONAL BEHAVIOR, Case Lens
ET Cases, 3.27 Minutes

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Case Lens on Commitment In the Backdrop of Hollywood Movie, Spotlight

 

Synopsis

Spotlight, an Oscar-winning movie, inspired by a true story, is a highly engaging and investigative thriller which depicts how 4 dedicated investigative journalists of The Boston Globe’s (TBG’s) Spotlight team unveil a massive scandal in one of the oldest and most-trusted institutions, the Catholic Church. It aptly demonstrates what it takes to be committed for a cause.

Several insights emerge from the clinical analysis of the movie that can have profound impact on everyone’s personal and professional lives. What lessons related to commitment can be learnt from the movie, Spotlight? What should organizations do to exact higher levels of commitment from its employees?

Prerequisite Viewing/Mandatory Viewing

The students/participants need to watch the movie Spotlight mandatorily. Honoring all the expected IPR issues, every participant must be encouraged to buy a DVD of Spotlight movie. The temptation of either exhibiting the movie in the classroom or the students/participants downloading the movie from any hosting sites should be desisted lest we set unwarranted precedents in violating mandatory IPRs.

Classroom Orchestration

This Case Lens (The video introducing this Case Lens and the accompanying 5 questions) can be orchestrated in the classroom in the following suggested flow:

1. Asking the students/participants to view the movie 2-3 days before the classroom discussion
2. Playing/exhibiting the Case Lens video in the classroom
3. Ideally, faculty/facilitator should analyze the first question and the remaining four questions should be analyzed by the participants/students. The class should be divided into 4 Learning Teams and they should be asked to prepare for all the 4 questions. After giving them about 15 minutes, the classroom discussion/analysis should be attempted. This can happen either by asking one of the teams randomly to present their analysis or each team should be allowed to lead a discussion for each of the questions
4. Each question would take varying times (the suggested timings are given in Exhibit (TN)-I) and it is highly recommended that the last 5 minutes should be spent on debriefing and synthesizing. The debriefing segment should be used to synthesize the expected learning outcomes of this Case Lens

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Expected Learning Outcomes

• Understand the nuances of commitment - personal and professional and debate on the prerequisites for commitment
• Analyze using John Meyer and Natalie Allen’s ‘The Three Component Model of Commitment’, the commitment types of all lead characters in the Spotlight movie and discuss their implications
• Discuss and debate on the need and importance of commitment in a corporate career context

Case Positioning and Setting

This Case Lens, as a pedagogical tool, can be used in either of the following:

• MBA Programs - Organizational Behavior course - Commitment as a Value Component - To illustrate how commitment can be an important personal value to propel one’s career.
• MDPs/Executive Education Programs: To demonstrate what it means to have organizational commitment.

Assignment Questions

The assignment questions, as outlined in the Case Lens video, are:


I. What do you mean by commitment? How does commitment at personal and professional levels get manifested?
II........



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Abstract

This Case Lens on Commitment is based on the Oscar-winner, Spotlight. Based on true events, Spotlight depicts the story of how 4 committed investigative journalists, supported by two of their bosses, expose Boston city’s massive scandal of child abuse by priests. Being a sensitive case with possible social backlash, the team puts together infallible evidence – for 87 priests in Boston alone – that establishes the extent of malaise. What is important to this case discussion, apart from the gripping narrative of the movie, is to highlight why these 4 investigative journalists go out of their way to pursue a ‘phenomenon’. Why is it that these 4 investigative journalists risking their personal safety and jeopardizing their relationships, relentlessly pursue a purpose? What accounts for their commitment? Why did they not give up despite several setbacks?


Pedagogical Objectives

  • To understand the nuances of commitment - personal and professional and debate on the prerequisites for commitment
  • To analyze using John Meyer and Natalie Allen’s ‘Three Component Model of Commitment’, the commitment types of all the lead characters in the Spotlight movie and discuss their implications
  • To discuss and debate on the need and importance of commitment in a corporate career context

Case Positioning and Setting

This Case Lens can be used for either of the following:

  • MBA Programs – Organizational Behavior course – Commitment as a Value Component – To illustrate how commitment can be an important personal value to propel one’s career
  • MDPs/Executive Education Programs – To demonstrate what it means to have organizational commitment



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