The Men Who Built America (2010, Duration Varies, Not Rated) (http://www.history.com/shows/men-who-
built-america). The Industrial Revolution grew with the rise of science and the view that organizations are
machines. Classical management is scientific in nature. The History Channel has produced a series of
docudramas explaining the Industrial Revolution focusing on industrialists such as Henry Ford, Andrew
Carnegie, J.P. Morgan, and John D. Rockefeller. Workers are also represented in this series. Take the related
history quiz available at http://www.history.com/shows/men-who-built-america/interactives/men-who-built-
Seinfeld: “The Soup Nazi” (1995, Season 7, Episode 6, 22 minutes, Rated TV-PG). This infamous episode can
be used to illustrate how practices (like favoritism or arbitrary decision making) give rise to the need for bu-
reaucracy. It is most useful for demonstrating and critiquing different management styles.
Something Ventured (2011, 84 minutes, Not Rated). This documentary concentrates on a handful of men who
have made decisions behind some of the biggest corporations in the world. The film addresses different man-
agement practices adopted by these individuals. It also gives students an opportunity to apply organizational
communication theory to the examples offered from these venture capitalists.
Up in the Air (2009, 109 minutes, Rated R). This movie allows students to focus on human relations and human
resources approaches to management by illustrating the life of a man who travels around the country firing peo-
ple. The movie reminds viewers that organizations are about people and relationships as opposed to “things.”
The Year They Discovered People (2012, 15 minutes, Not Rated)
(https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pd8l7PRBpTw). From the AT&T Archives, this clip focuses on the
Hawthorne effect. Although the video was produced in the 1970s, it features a reunion of those who were part
of the Hawthorne studies conducted in a Western Electric plant from 1924 to 1932.
Bureaucracy Basics: Crash Course Government and Politics #15 (https://youtu.be/I8EQAnKntLs). This crash
course in bureaucracy will point out the problems, but also the benefits, of this organizational system.
Elton Mayo—Human Relations Theory (http://www.mftrou.com/elton-mayo.html). This site provides infor-
mation about the Hawthorne experiments and the human relations approach to management. Direct your stu-
dents to this site for additional insight about these foundational experiments.
The Hierarchy of Needs for Project Organizations (http://www.chacocanyon.com/essays/hierarchyofneeds.
shtml). This website adapts Maslow’s hierarchy of needs more specifically to a business model. Ask your stu-
dents to view this site and comment on the changes. Do they make sense in relation to Maslow’s original mod-