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CASE LENS ON PROFESSIONALISM IN THE BACKDROP OF HOLLYWOOD MOVIE, FLYING HOME

HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT, Case Lens
ET Cases, 4.03 Minutes

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Case Lens on Professionalism

 

Synopsis

This Case Lens on Professionalism is based on Hollywood movie, Flying Home can be used to introduce the participants to the idea of Professionalism and what it takes to be a professional. Being professional or professionalism, when discussed in the backdrop of Flying Home’s protagonist/lead character, Colin Montgomery (Colin), can offer several insights regarding professionalism and being a thoroughbred professional. While the movie, based on a true story, shows two different behavior/attitudinal values of Colin’s – the one professional who gets results at any cost and the other professional who restores what he gets at the cost of his promising career. While there are several other connects that can be made to analyze how personal values influence professional behavior, this Case Lens, with the help of accompanying questions, can be a great cue to discuss the influence of personal values on professional behavior.

Prerequisite Exercise

• The students/participants need to mandatorily watch the movie Flying Home and ET Cases’ – Case Lens on Professionalism
• In order not to violate the IPR laws, every participant must be encouraged to buy a DVD of Flying Home 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 five questions) can be orchestrated in the classroom in the following suggested flow:

• Asking the students/participants to view the movie 2-3 days before the scheduled classroom discussion
• Playing the Case Lens video in the classroom
• Ideally, the class should be divided into 5 Learning Teams and ask them to prepare for all the questions. After giving them about 15 minutes, the classroom discussion/analysis should be attempted. Either this can happen 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.
• 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

Case Positioning and Setting

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

• MBA Programs – HRM Course – Career Management Module – To understand the characteristics of a professional and to understand the accompanying features of
professionalism
• Executive Development Programs/MDPs – To sensitize the participants to the importance of personal values and its influence on professional behavior and in shaping a thoroughbred professional

Expected Learning Outcomes

• Understand the underlying characteristics of a professional and to discuss on all the accompanying features of professionalism
• Discuss and debate on how personal values (with varying degree of influence by a few influencers) can shape a professional

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Abstract


This Case Lens on Professionalism, based on Hollywood movie Flying Home, can be used to introduce the participants to Professionalism and what it takes to be professional. One of the many loosely used words in corporate circles, the word ‘professional’ connotes different things to different people. Who is a professional? Who qualifies to be a professional? What are the characteristics of a professional? How do managers’ values influence their work and their efforts to meet their responsibilities/goals? How would a managers’ values affect his/her work? These questions, when discussed in the backdrop of Flying Home’s protagonist/lead character, Colin Montgomery (Colin), offer several insights regarding professionalism and being a thoroughbred professional. While the movie, based on a true story, shows two different behavior/attitudinal values of Colin – the professional who gets results at any cost and the other professional who restores what he gets at the cost of his promising career. There are several connects that can be made to analyze how personal values influence a professional.



Pedagogical Objectives

  • To understand the underlying characteristics of a professional and to discuss on all the accompanying features of professionalism
  • To discuss and debate on how personal values (with varying degree of influence by a few influencers) can shape a professional

Case Lens Positioning and Setting

This case lens can be used in either Graduate or Post-graduate Program in:

  • MBA Programs – HRM Course – Career Management Module – To understand the characteristics of a professional and to understand the accompanying features of professionalism
  • Executive Development Programs/MDPs – To sensitize the participants to the importance of personal values and its influence on professional behavior and in shaping a thoroughbred professional



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