Everyone Has a Reading List…
By Christopher Salute, SIOP Blogger
Everyone Has a Reading List…But who has a movie list?
Of course I read. I have to stay relevant. So, I find my colleagues and professors’ reading lists very helpful. I even have a few essentials that I like to give to my students. And, I’ve also (don’t tell anyone) taken some books off of their lists, too!
But, do you know what I find a lot more entertaining than my reading list? My movie list! There are so many I-O related scenarios in movies and literature. Forget business, in general. I don’t even want to get started. “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” (great movie, even better book!) was not just a murder mystery, but a forensic finance thriller! “Wall Street” and “Boiler Room” are both great for business ethics lessons. Office Space is an I-O Psychologists’ nightmare! “So, what would you say….you do here?”
Do you know what one of my favorite movies for I-O Psychologists is? “In Good Company” with Dennis Quaid and Topher Grace. You must have seen this one about the twenty-six year old executive who gets in way over his head working with a new sales team and their old boss, a fifty-one year old veteran sales manager. All of this is set to the backdrop of today’s constantly changing business world of mergers, acquisitions, and corporate downsizing. The secondary plotline, which makes it much more fun, occurs when Grace (the younger executive) starts dating Quaid’s (the older subordinate) daughter, played by Scarlett Johansen….
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