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

CASE LENS, ORGANIZATIONAL BEHAVIOR
ET Cases, 3.27 Minutes
AUTHOR(S) : Y. Bala Bharathi and Dr. Nagendra V. Chowdary

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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?
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Preamble to the Case Lens Discussion

The purpose of this Case Lens is to understand the importance of attributional trait, Commitment, in one’s personal life as well as professional career. The students/participants need to watch the movie before the classroom discussion, as this Case Lens poses a series of questions which enable an understanding of importance of striving for commitment to a cause as demonstrated in the movie, Spotlight.

There can be several questions coming out of the discussion [Annexure (TN)-I and Annexure (TN)-II for the Classroom Discussion Dashboard] on this Case Lens. The faculty/facilitator should encourage as many questions as possible, as asking right questions is a skill for any thriving professional. Accordingly, Exhibit (TN)-II captures the questions (not exhaustive) that were raised during the classroom discussion as well as the authors’ teaching plan discussions.

These questions have been categorized for the sake of simplicity into 4 categories – WIRE – Warmup-Connect questions, Individual-Connect questions, Research-Connect questions and Execution-Connect questions, which ensure holistic analysis of the movie vis-à-vis the concept of Commitment and learnings from the same.

Warmup-Connect Questions – These questions should relate to the basics of the movie in question. For instance, what is it that you want to remember this movie for? What are the 3 important things that you want to remember this movie for, etc.

Individual-Connect Questions – These questions are meant to elicit the individual connect, individual association to the characters essayed in the movie or situations highlighted in the movie. For instance, of all the characters in the movie, which one do you relate to and why? If you are faced with a similar situation of the movie, what would have been your response? If you were to resolve that dilemma of pointing out the loopholes in the system or keeping silent respecting the system, how would you have gone about?

Research-Connect Questions – Like any other pedagogical tool, every Case Lens attempts to connect the underlying concept or the core thought to some of the most often-cited popular and scholarly works – articles, reports, white papers, chapters, books, TED talks, videos, etc. If some of these works’ frameworks/propositions can be used to address any of the assignment questions/ other questions raised during the classroom discussion [as captured in Exhibit (TN)-II], the faculty/facilitator should give the same as prerequisite reading along with watching the movie. These can also be given as additional readings (at the end of this Teaching Note)

Execution-Connect Questions – These are the most relevant questions, not discounting the importance of all the other 3 segments of questions in any way, which should be articulated well to make the participants/students introspect, reflect and respond. These questions should focus on what specific behavior as highlighted through the previous questions they would like to integrate into their professional pursuits. For instance, how would you reorient yourself to improve your commitment levels, as shown in the movie?

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Case Lens Classroom Discussion and Analysis

I. Discussion on the 1st Assignment Question by the Faculty

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

The facilitator began the discussion on this question by asking the participants about the differences between interest and commitment. The class deliberated on this topic for a few minutes and arrived at the conclusion that ‘interest’ is the intention to do something that individual wishes for, while ‘commitment’ is the intention coupled with action which puts in maximum efforts to accomplish the task. The class listed down the differences between interest and commitment [Exhibit (TN)-III]:................

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Exhibits

Exhibit (TN)-I: The Case Lens’ Classroom Orchestration

Exhibit (TN)-II: Discussion Questions

Exhibit (TN)-III: Differences between Interest and Commitment

Exhibit (TN)-IV: DRIVE for Commitment

Exhibit (TN)-V: Commitment at Personal and Professional Levels

Exhibit (TN)-VI: Lessons Inferred form the Movie, Spotlight

Exhibit (TN)-VII: Movie Characters and their Commitment to the Cause

Exhibit (TN)-VIII: Individual’s Focus on Task vs Environmental Support

Exhibit (TN)-IX: Efforts vs Outcome Matrix

Exhibit (TN)-X: Boosting Employee Commitment and Performance

Exhibit (TN)-XI: Open Style of Management for Promoting Employee Commitment

Exhibit (TN)-XII: Movie Instances and Characters’ DRIVE for Commitment

Exhibit (TN)-XIII: Relationship Between Commitment and Career progress

 


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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


*It should be noted that participants/ students are expected to see the movie before they participate in a classroom discussion/analysis of any of the CASELENS’ products



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