Hollywood Movies Offer Fictionalized Accounts of Real-World Scenarios

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Executive Summary Hollywood movies offer fictionalized accounts of real-world scenarios. Human resource managers can learn a lot from films that address human resources issues directly. Films like Nine to Five and Remember the Titans provide case study examples that can be applied directly to the workplace. Remember the Titans addresses issues related to diversity in the workplace. Nine to Five addresses sexism. Both films reveal the importance of strong leadership and provide blueprints for human resources development. Introduction Nine to Five is a film produced in 1980, directed by Colin Higgins and starring Dolly Parton, Jane Fonda, and Lily Tomlin. Although it is more than 30 years old, the film remains relevant to human resources management still. Nine to Five refers of course to the drudgery of the daily job: the rigid, time clock-oriented work that characterizes a large number of office jobs. Motivating employees is almost impossible in workplace environments like the one depicted in Nine to Five. The managers are autocratic, causing the employees to rebel. Although the scenarios are exaggerated and comedic, the film does depict poor leadership styles in a realistic manner. The 2000 film Remember the Titans starring Denzel Washington and directed by Boaz Yakin also depicts a realistic management scenario. Herman Boone (Denzel Washington) demonstrates strong leadership and communications skills. He motivates his team and develops a sense of cooperation that had

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