Essay on Executive Summary

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Executive Summary

In this report, film was used as a learning resource to analyze selected organizational behaviour models found in today’s workplace. As film is one of the more engaging mediums, this allows for abstract theories to be presented visually and in a dramatic manner. The film Apollo 13 was selected to showcase such models including the communication process model, types of decision making models, and the five-stage model of team development. Apollo 13 chronicles the events of the 1971 lunar mission involving three astronauts; Jim Lovell, Fred Haise, and Jack Swigert. After a successful launch, a critical error occurs and the team of astronauts must work together with Mission Control to ensure their survival on their
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The form of conflict that occurs in this film is “intragroup” and the type of conflict that is present in the film introduces itself as process conflict (Bulmash, Nelson, Quick, Sniderman, 2007, chap. 11). When faced with the unexpected difficulties of the mission, the crew aboard Apollo 13 debate on how the mission will then proceed. Will the mission come to an end? Will Apollo 13 be able to complete their lunar quest? Will the mission be recognized as “the one that didn’t make it?”

These conflicts had a major effect on the teamwork and team dynamics of Apollo 13. Not only is the team unaware of what will become of them, but their team mission suddenly becomes meaningless. A clear team mission allows for a clear path to take, but this of course changes drastically following the explosion (Bulmash, Nelson, Quick, Sniderman, 2007, chap. 7). Aside from the team mission, their team task had also lost its meaning (Bulmash, Nelson, Quick, Sniderman, 2007, chap. 7). Their apparent task was to land on the moon, but with all the complications and error the crew is forced to develop a new team task. Obviously, their new task soon becomes survival. As simply as a few complications can cause the team task to change, the goal clarity and agreement are very much affected in the same way; either positively or negatively (Bulmash, Nelson, Quick, Sniderman, 2007, chap. 7). The idea of goal clarity and agreement involve the full cooperation of all

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