CLASSROOM MEDIA RESOURCES
How Do You Define a Learning Organization? (2015, 5:38 minutes, Not Rated). Peter Senge, author of The
Fifth Discipline, suggests we “jettison the jargon and look at learning organizations as organizations where eve-
ryone works together successfully.’”
Now You See Me 2 (2016, 169 minutes, Rated PG-13). The Four Horsemen are performing illusionists who cre-
ate diversions to accomplish heists. This is an illustration of Senge’s learning organizations where people work
together to accomplish goals.
Ocean’s Thirteen (2007, 162 minutes, Rated PG-13). For many students, watching the Ocean’s Eleven movie
franchise is a real “aha” moment where they start seeing the relevance and importance of organizational com-
munication. The films provide an excellent depiction of interdependence; the concepts of enactment, selection,
and retention; and the general principles of systems theory. The plots follow eleven, twelve, or thirteen individ-
uals as they network to pull off heists. Ocean’s Thirteen continues as the third in the movie trilogy about the
The Office: “The New Boss” (2009, Season 5, Episode 17, 22 minutes, Rated TV-14). This episode of the
award-winning workplace comedy focuses on different management and communication styles when a new
boss arrives at the Dunder Mifflin paper company. The episode also demonstrates concepts associated specifi-
cally with the systems approach.
Peter Senge Introduction to Systems Thinking (2014, 2:20 minutes, Not Rated)
(https://youtu.be/eXdzKBWDraM). Peter Senge is the founder of the Society for Organizational Learning. Sen-
ge briefly introduces the idea of systems thinking.
Storm Chasers: Judgment Day (2010, Season 4, Episode 8, 44 minutes, Rated TV-PG). This documentary series
follows different groups of meteorologists and semiprofessional storm chasers as they search for tornadoes dur-
ing the late spring and early summer months. This particular series follows teams who are working to develop a
better scientific understanding of storms. This episode provides a nice illustration of the concepts of interdepend-
ence, flexibility and adaptability, coopetition, and contingency as the chasers work to track down “the Perfect
Barry Nalebuff, PhD: Co-Author of Co-opetition, Ivy League Professor, Game Theory Expert
(https://youtu.be/6KlBf6mJPj4). This video reveals the theory of coopetition.