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CASE LENS ON ETHICS IN THE BACKDROP OF HOLLYWOOD MOVIE, JOHN Q*

ORGANIZATIONAL BEHAVIOR, ORGANIZATIONAL BEHAVIOR
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CASE LENS ON ETHICS IN THE BACKDROP OF HOLLYWOOD MOVIE, JOHN Q

 

Synopsis

This Case Lens on ethics aims at sensitizing the participants/students to the importance of ethics in decision making. The thought provoking Hollywood thriller, John Q, was chosen to highlight various ethical and moral dilemmas through various sequences in the movie. The protagonist, John Quincy Archibald (John Q), played by the award-winning Denzel Washington’, aptly demonstrates how far a father can go to save his beloved ones when he was pushed to a brink with no options left. In the movie, John Q was confronted with a moral dilemma – accept fate and prepare for his son’s funeral as the Hope Memorial Hospital’s administrator suggests, or take matters into his hands? Is it ethical for hospital to turn away patients just because they are not sufficiently insured? Given the context of the situation, were John Q’s actions ethical or unethical?

Prerequisite Viewing/Mandatory Viewing

The students/participants need to mandatorily watch the movie John Q, honoring all the expected IPR issues. 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 would analyze the first question and the remaining four questions would be analyzed by the participants/students. The class should be divided into 4 Learning Teams and ask them 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.

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Case Lens Positioning and Setting

This case lens, as a pedagogical tool, can be used in either of the following:

• MBA Programs:

  • • Organizational Behavior course – Ethics in Decision Making or Values module – To understand the importance of ethics and moral values
  • • Business Ethics course – Individual Ethics vs Organizational Ethics module – To illustrate the inherent tension between Organizational Ethics and Individual Ethics

 

• Executive Development Programs/MDPs – To sensitize the participants to the importance of ethics and moral values

Expected Learning Outcomes

At the end of this Case Lens discussion/analysis, each of the participants/students should be able to understand/appreciate:

  • • Differences between a bad decision and a wrong decision as well as the importance of outcomes and processes for any decision
  • • Whether John Q’s decisions were ethical or not, given the magnitude of collateral damage involved
  • • The role of rules and procedures in discharging one’s responsibilities

 

Assignment Questions

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

  • I. What do you think are the personal values of John Q and his family? Contrast the same with the views of James Palumbo (James), comparing values with value in the movie between 01:09:41-01:10:55.
  • II................

 

Preamble to the Case Lens Discussion

Ethical decision making is one of the important life skills that all the professionals need to inculcate. It would help them in taking effective decisions even in difficult situations. The purpose of this Case Lens is to understand the importance of ethics in one’s personal lives as well as professional careers. Assuming that the students/participants would have watched the movie before the classroom discussion, this Case Lens poses a series of questions which enable an understanding of various ethical dilemmas posed in the movie at various instances.................

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Abstract

This Case Lens on Ethics is prepared in the backdrop of Hollywood movie, John Q. John Quincy Archibald (John Q), played by Denzel Washington, takes Hope Memorial Hospital’s Emergency Room (ER) staff and patients as hostages, when he fails to mobilize the money (including insurance) required for his son’s heart transplant ($250,000). The only way to save his son was to transplant his heart which is an elective procedure and quite an expensive propositions for John Q’s family. While the movie offers a different ending to the father and son, there are quite a few ethical landmines that can be discussed and debated. Who is responsible for Mikey’s (John Q’s son) precarious health situation? Was Hope Memorial Hospital’s Director Rebecca Payne (Rebecca) right in denying Mikey the necessary treatment? What prompted her to reverse her decision? Was John Q ethical in his judgement and action?



Pedagogical Objectives

  • To understand the differences between a bad decision and a wrong decision and discuss the importance of processes and outcomes for any decision
  • To discuss and debate on whether John Q’s decisions were ethical or not, given the magnitude of collateral damage involved
  • To analyze the role of rules and procedures in discharging one’s responsibilities

Case Lens Positioning

    • MBA Programs:
  • Organizational Behavior course – Ethics in Decision Making or Values module – To understand the importance of ethics and moral values
  • Business Ethics course – Individual Ethics vs Organizational Ethics module – To illustrate the inherent tension between Organizational Ethics and Individual Ethics
  • • Executive Development Programs/MDPs – To sensitize the participants to the importance of ethics and moral values


*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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