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Group Assignment MSCI 211 Selcuk Onay Sec 001 Friday, August 05, 2011 Tom Chen: 20348592 Ruisi Li: 20346436 Vyvy Ta: 20229611 Yan Tong: 20343967 Isheoma Yahaya-Joe: 20310872
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“Remember the Titans” chronicled the struggles of an inter-racial football team and how they overcame them to have a successful season. The movie was based on a true story that happened in the 1970s in Alexandria, Virginia. At this time, there was a lot of segregation in the state between those of Caucasian ethnicity and African ethnicity. Due to that segregation, the members of the team had a lot of racial prejudices about each other that they picked up through their upbringing. In order to save money and bring people together, the state of Virginia then decided to combine the schools together. This resulted in the creation of T.C. William High School where Caucasian and African students would attend together. Several organizational behaviour theories can be applied to milestones, behaviour, and actions undertaken by the team and their coaches as they worked toward their goals. At the beginning of the movie, the Caucasian players in the football team disrespected Coach Boone simply because of his race. This can be seen when Gerry spoke to Coach Boone about reserving half of the team for Gerry’s friends (Remember the Titans, 2000). Despite his effort, Gerry was just a football player and he did not have the right and authority to make this request. Because of the influence from society at that time, most of the white players looked down on Coach Boone. There was no way for Coach Boone to use softer tactics, such as rational persuasion, to convince his players otherwise. Under this situation, Coach Boone could only use a hard approach to have power and control in the team. Moreover, Coach Boone was aware of the racial conflicts among his players, therefore he arranged that players with different races were to share a room at the camp to facilitate their interaction with each other (Remember the Titans, 2000). He used coercive power to put pressure on the players to communicate with each other. The players were required to report back to Coach Boone about the background of their roommates; if they continued to ignore each other, they would be punished (Remember the
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Titans, 2000). Due to the fear of the punishment, the players from different races started to interact with each other. Coach Boone then brought the team to the cemetery which contained people who were participated in the Battle of Gettysburg. He used rational persuasion to influence the team to put down their prejudices against each other. He used the Battle of Gettysburg to illustrate the fault people made from the battle, and how they should learn from it instead. In the first game, T.C William versus Hayfield, Coach Boone encouraged his team just to do their best in the game because the team was already a winner in his eyes regardless of what the result would be (Remember the Titans, 2000). He believed that his team did a really good job to overcome the racial problem amongst them. This helped the team build confidence that led to
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