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BS311. Movie Analysis Project By Andrea Hansen. Introduction . I will be discussing The Firm motion picture’s portrayal and impact of… Organizational structure Organizational goals S ystems theory H idden agendas I will then summarize and analyze the areas mentioned.

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  • I will be discussing The Firm motion picture’s portrayal and impact of…
    • Organizational structure
    • Organizational goals
    • Systems theory
    • Hidden agendas
  • I will then summarize and

analyze the areas mentioned.

organizational structure
Organizational Structure
  • The Organizational Structure of Bendini, Lambert, and Locke…
    • Small, Memphis law firm
    • 41 Lawyers
    • Divides its labor

into distinct tasks

    • Differentiation exists,

but integration is


      • (Anthony, Gales, & Hodge,


organizational structure cont d
Organizational Structure (cont’d)
  • Formal structure
    • Oliver Lambert & Executives are top authority
    • The rest of the firm employees are pawns that the Executives use as they see fit to maintain their shady existence.
    • Avery is a mentor to Mitch
      • Evolved into a more informal


      • Different dynamic than the

rest of the characters

organizational goals
Organizational Goals
  • Stability and maintaining an upstanding appearance
    • “Mitch, I hope you don\'t think us intrusive, but stability in the family has a special importance for us.”
      • Oliver Lambert (Pollack, 1993)
  • Control of clients and employees
    • “I won my life back. You don\'t run me.

And they don\'t run me!”

      • Mitch Alderman (Pollack, 1993)
organizational goals cont d
Organizational Goals (cont’d)
  • Do what is necessary, whatever it takes.
    • “I get paid to be suspicious when I\'ve got nothing to be suspicious about.”
      • William Devasher (Pollack, 1993).
  • Satisfy clients (especially the Mob)
    • They flew to Cayman Islands to

secure a client

  • Make M-O-N-E-Y
systems theory
Systems Theory
  • It conveys the idea that organizations are made up of parts and that the parts interact with each other to accomplish the organization’s goals (Anthony, Gales, & Hodge, 2003).
  • The firm represented is a closed, self-perpetuating system that receives no outside energy or resources (Anthony, Gales, & Hodge, 2003).
  • They have made sure the firm is private because of their shady dealings with the Mob.
systems theory cont d
Systems Theory (cont’d)
  • Bendini, Lambert, and Locke’s parts include Executives, lawyers, criminals, and investigators.
  • The Executives appoint lawyers on cases, the lawyers follow the orders, the investigators locate threats, and the criminals clean up the mess.
  • All of these parts interact with each other to maintain the organization’s goal of making money, while appearing ethical.
hidden agendas
Hidden Agendas
  • Mitch McDeere is an up-and-coming young lawyer with a promising career coming from little money.
    • Agenda: to make something of himself; to become rich; goes from idealist to realist
  • Avery Tolar
    • Agenda: to survive, but to

have fun and make a little

waves in the process; to be

a philanderer

hidden agendas cont d
Hidden Agendas (cont’d)
  • Oliver Lambert & Company
    • Agenda: to control and continue to prosper aiding the Mob in money laundering; to do anything necessary to keep up appearances
    • “We know you\'ll do whatever’s necessary to protect the firm… wont’cha Mitch?”
      • Oliver Lambert (Pollack, 1993).
  • Bendini, Lambert, and Lockeuses a formal organizational structure.
    • However, there are employees not on the proverbial organizational chart.
  • Organizational goals for the firm revolve around making money, whatever the cost.
  • The firm is a closed system, which enables their secrets to remain unknown.
  • There are three main agendas present at the firm.
  • Mitch McDeere was left in the dark on the business dealings of his new firm. This shows…
    • The absence of coordination between McDeere and the rest of the firm
    • The reluctance and severity of letting their secret out
    • There were hidden agendas that McDeere had to find out on his own.
    • The system was closed rather

than open because they used

resources without venturing

outside to get them.

analysis cont d
Analysis (cont’d)
  • The organizational goals of the firm do not match the strategic goals and actions.
  • I believe that the goals for this firm are contradictory because in order to satisfy clients you must make helping them your main goal.
    • Bendini, Lambert, and Locke are incapable

of putting clients first.

  • The firm’s standards were set high

in outward appearance but

internally set very low.

analysis cont d14
Analysis (cont’d)
  • As the book states, “Organizations are purposeful, goal-oriented entities,” but when I think of the purpose and goals of the firm in the movie, they seem to be the same; to make money.
    • (Anthony, Gales, & Hodge, 2003).
  • You would think that the purpose of a law firm would be to help people, but this law firm was as crooked as it gets.
  • Social responsibility and ethical

behavior guidelines are nonexistent.

    • Without these components,

the firm will lose clients and

eventually fail.

analysis cont d15
Analysis (Cont’d)
  • This movie depicted an overall very ineffective organizational structure, as well as a very unethical firm.
  • The concepts from our book helped me to judge the firm’s actions without bias, but with fact.
  • The organizational goals were not disclosed in the movie outright, but were decipherable by their actions.
  • I learned that all of the concepts in

our book are important, but some

are more important than others.

  • Anthony, W. P., Gales, L. M., & Hodge, B. J. (2003). Organization Theory: A Strategic Approach (6th ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Education, Inc.
  • Pollack, S. (Producer and Director). (1993). The Firm[Motion picture]. [With T. Cruise]. United States: Paramount Pictures.
  • Cover Image: The Firm
  • Avery and Mitch Image

references cont d
References (cont’d)
  • Avery Tolar Image

  • Desk Image

  • Eye

  • Oliver Lambert Image

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References (cont’d)
  • Running Image


  • The Firm Image

  • William Devasher Image