Film Analysis (Coach Carter) - Coach Carter Film Analysis by Chimdindu Ndukwe The movie Coach Carter employs many concepts introduced to us in

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Coach Carter Film Analysis by Chimdindu Ndukwe The movie Coach Carter employs many concepts introduced to us in Organizational Behaviour and shows some of their applications in real-life situations. By dissecting several key moments in the movie, an individual can gain some insight into why certain situations and scenarios occurred. The first meeting between the basketball team and Coach Ken Carter is disharmonious and fractious at best. During this meeting, Carter gives each team member a contract to sign and clearly states his expectations of them. This is a formal and physical contract but also a psychological contract as well because he outlines everything he wants the team members to live up to. He also ties the two critical decisions together, the decision to join and to participate. For Carter, to join the team meant you would have actively participate in fulfilling the role and meet expectations, so it was impossible for any member to join but not participate. The influence tactics he employed in the meeting were Inspirational Appeals (he told the team that he would show them how to be winners both on and off the court) and Rational Persuasion (he reminded them of their poor win record). The interpersonal influence styles he chose were Reciprocity (he gave respect and felt they should do the same) and Consistency (he clarified his commitment to the team and the goals he wanted them to achieve). The majority of the team complied with his requests but three members left due to their resistance of his influence attempt. From Timo Cruz’s viewpoint, the coach was a joke, did not deserve his respect and didn’t have the authority to order them around. In Carter’s eyes, Cruz was undermining his authority in front of the other team members, being consistently disrespectful and refusing to comply with his wishes and decisions. The confrontation between the pair was helpful to Carter because he exerted his supremacy while the team was watching and instilled in their minds that he would not accept any deviant or disrespectful behaviour. The concept Coach Carter uses the Reward and Punishment influence style by enforcing his will, stating his expectations and demanding a certain standard of behaviour from the team. When he had a meeting with the students and their parents to explain and outline the standards and any issues they may have, he was perceived as creating a counterculture because his values conflicted with the majority of people in the school. The dominant and strong culture was that academics took a backseat to athletics but Carter felt it was the reverse and strove to
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change their minds. Their espoused values and assumptions were on opposite sides of the spectrum and as a result, they were refusing to adapt their methods. When his son transferred over to Richmond, the team players perceived his as being privileged, an outsider and someone who they wanted to prove was not better than them in basketball. Coach Carter also maintain his professionalism when his son
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