“Michael Clayton” as it represents systems theory. Analysis of the movie. Exploring and evaluating the impact of systems theory. By Marla Smith. Introduction.
Analysis of the movie. Exploring and evaluating the impact of systems theory. By Marla Smith
This presentation explores the systems theory as it pertains to an organization portrayed in the movie “Michael Clayton” written and directed by Tony Gilroy and produced by Sydney Pollack. Concepts relating to the theory will be presented, including organizational structure.
Organization– human systems of cooperation and coordination assembled within identifiable boundaries to pursue shared goals or objectives.
Structure – the total sum of the ways in which an organization divides its labor into distinct tasks and then coordinates them.
The organizational charts show differentiation
The law firm’s differentiation complexity was highly vertical and highly horizontal
Clayton had informal reporting relationships, often feeling pulled in too many directions
Informal reporting relationship
Formal reporting relationship
Stardardization at the Firm:
Process: Practice in seven areas of litigation process, accounting, human resources, public relations, and advertising
Inputs: Clients (U-North), employees, labor, financing
Outputs: Litigation services, responding to government agencies that tax and regulate business, dealing with unexpected events (Arthur stripping down naked and chasing a member of the client’s opposition).
Goals – statements that identify and endpoint or condition that an organization wishes to achieve.
Ethical Principles are part of social responsibility and ethical behavior.
Ethical behavior = doing good
The premise of the story revolved around the unethical behavior of the firm’s client U-North and its chief legal counsel Karen Crowder. The senior litigation partner, Arthur Edens, exclusively handling the settlement case found substantial information in regards to the health hazards caused by the chemicals of U-North’s product. Instead of continuing to argue the case for U-North, Arthur moves toward representing the opposition as he felt it was part of his social responsibility. He was about to present his evidence to the firm, but was victim of a hired hit by Ms. Crowder (unethical behavior).