Teaching Notes for BizFlix Cases

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Teaching Notes for BizFlix Video Cases | 95 TEACHING NOTES FOR BIZFLIX VIDEO CASES 8 Mile Analysis The NDS plant presents Jimmy with a noisy work environment that features an intense focus on workplace safety. Jimmy on one side of the machine in the first part of the scene and his coworker on the other side must coordinate their actions to prevent injury. His coworker calls out, “Up. … Down.” as they begin stamping a part. These stamping machine operators must keep their hands clear of the machine to avoid injury. They place one hand on each of two yellow buttons and push down on them simultaneously. The operators also wear safety glasses, gloves, and ear protection. ( Note: The latter is hard to see until Jimmy removes his right earplug to talk to Manny his foreman late in the scene.) Jimmy’s job combines repetitive work with required attention to it. The only breaks he likely gets are the scheduled work breaks when he can leave the machine for a short time. Manny reacts negatively toward him in the first part of the scene. Jimmy’s late arrival that day did not rest well with the foreman and he gives Jimmy some negative feedback. He also ignores Jimmy’s request for extra shifts. The second part of the scene shows a different Manny. He noticed that Jimmy’s work performance improved since the earlier scene. Manny rewards Jimmy by letting him work the extra shifts he badly needs. Ask your students for their reaction to the job and work environment shown in this scene. How would they react to this type of work experience? Have any worked in this type of work environment? Is this a typical or atypical work environment for your college or university’s area? Anthony Bozza’s (2003) biography of Eminem gives many insights into this puzzling personality. Bozza, a former Rolling Stone journalist, tracks Eminem’s rise to stardom as a white person performing an African-American art form. See Jones (2003) for a summary of the book and Morgenstern (2002) for a film review.
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| Teaching Notes for BizFlix Video Cases The Breakfast Club Analysis The following is a personality profile for each character in the scene. John Bender (Judd Nelson)– Big - Five personality dimensions: high on extroversion; low on emotional stability, agreeableness, and conscientiousness. Likely a Machiavellian personality. High negative affectivity. Brian Ralph Johnson (Anthony Michael Hall)– Big - Five personality dimensions: high on emotional stability, agreeableness, conscientiousness, and openness to experience; moderate on extroversion. Not likely a Machiavellian personality. High positive affectivity. Type B personality. Allison Reynolds (Ally Sheedy)– Big - Five personality dimensions: high on extroversion and openness to experience; low on emotional stability, agreeableness, and conscientiousness. Moderate Machiavellian personality.
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