Presentation on theme: "Both are stories of young women trying to get ahead. Interesting Power and Politics themes."— Presentation transcript:
Both are stories of young women trying to get ahead. Interesting Power and Politics themes.
Tess (Melanie Griffith) – protagonist Katharine (Sigourney Weaver) – boss Jack (Harrison Ford) – key partner Oren Trask (Philip Bosco) – primary power and decision maker
Andrea Andy ( Anne Hathaway) – protagonist Miranda ( Meryl Streep) – boss Nigel (Stanley Tucci) - key peer Irv – Chairman of the Board
Do we need a plot summary?
HR frame is built on 4 core assumptions: Organizations exist to serve human needs. People & organizations need each other. Organizations need ideas, energy, & talent. People need careers, salaries, & opportunities. When the fit between individual & organization is poor, one or both are subject to exploitation and victimization. When the fit is good, individuals find meaningful, satisfying work and organizations have the talent and energy they need to succeed. Hire the right people and keep them. How do we do that? Invest in them. Money Promote from within Protect jobs Education Growth opportunities Empower them. Information – Keep people in the loop. Encourage autonomy & self-management Promote employee participation Promote diversity
Katharine Parker Wealthy family Not too bright Unethical Weak Survives by sexual insinuation & stealing other peoples ideas Miranda Priestly Tireless worker Fashion genius Unethical Quietly aggressive – Ruthlessly determined Survives by doing whatever it takes
Tess McGill Recent college graduate Professional goal – Business Mergers & Acquisitions Business - Petty Marsh Plan A -Work Hard Plan B – You make it happen…Opportunity meets Preparation Results – Success! Andrea Sachs Recent graduate Northwestern University Professional goal – Journalism Business – Runway Magazine Plan A – I gotta be me! Plan B – I gotta be them! Results – Flight!
Dominant Culture: -Magazine focused on beauty and appearance -Makes fashion decisions for the season -Very vanity based Subcultures: - Models - Fashion Designers - Employees Dominant Culture: –Hard work to get ahead –Being aggressive to get what is deserved or desired –Working from the bottom up Subcultures: –Board of Directors –Head of departments –Secretaries
Working GirlDevil Wears Prada StrategyTo acquire different companies. To lead the fashion industry GoalsTo provide clients with successful mergers Influence the fashion world and everyday population Means to Accomplish GoalsResearch, socializationPublication of the magazine and subscriptions Criteria for Meeting Groups Success Successful, profitable, larger mergers The successful expansion globally Repair StrategiesNew managementLarge events Comparing Movies
Working Girl – Tess versus Katharine Working GirlTessKatharine StrategyWork hard to get ahead through research and trust Do whatever it takes to get ahead GoalsTo move up in the company, to have Katharines job (or Influence the fashion world and everyday population Means to Accomplish Goals Research, education, hard workWhatever it takes to get ahead, date someone high up Criteria for Meeting Groups Success Everybody wins mentalityAs long as she successes Repair StrategiesPromotionDemoted- Fired
Working Girl – Tess versus Katharine Working GirlTessKatharine StrategyWork hard to get ahead through research and trust Do whatever it takes to get ahead GoalsTo move up in the company, to have Katharines job Move up the company ladder Means to Accomplish Goals Research, education, hard workWhatever it takes to get ahead, date someone high up Criteria for Meeting Groups Success Everybody wins mentalityAs long as she succeeds Repair StrategiesPromotionDemoted- Fired
Devil Wears Prada – Andy versus Miranda Devil Wears PradaAndyMiranda StrategyWork hard to get ahead through research and trust Worked her way up for her respect GoalsTo write for a magazine, but not Fashion Influence the fashion world and everyday population Means to Accomplish Goals Hard work, working with one of the best Editors Whatever it takes to get ahead, and expect others to help her Criteria for Meeting Groups Success As long as Miranda is happy, everyone is happy As long as the magazine has successes Repair StrategiesQuittingShe fires anyone that gets in her way
Comparing Movies Working GirlDevil Wears Prada Common LanguageTo acquire different companies. To lead the fashion industry Group boundariesThe clients and board of directors have the final say Miranda has the final say Allocation of power and status HierarchyMiranda Allocation of rewards and punishment Board of directors and clientsMiranda IdeologyTo create successful mergers and acquisitions To create a successful magazine
Working GirlDevil Wears Prada Name of the Movie New York City Name of the Movie New York City Tess ended up in Mergers and Acquisitions after three other jobs Andy started working in fashion to get ahead in her writing career Change in appearance- Tess cut her hair so she would be taken seriously, borrowed Katharines $3,000 dress Change in appearance- Complete makeover to fit in with the industry Personal Relationship- First relationship suffered because he was unfaithful, and too much time spend away, second relationship is with Jack. Personal Relationship- suffered because she was becoming someone else. Always at Mirandas beck and call Katharine was very misleading and demanding Miranda was very demanding and self involved Appearance and ageAppearance, age, weight, and eating
Petty Marsh is a large financial institution including brokerage and M&A functions. Our primary view is of a midlevel M&A deal involving the acquisition of Metro Radio by Trask Industries.
Irv runs Elias Clarke Publications, a large media company encompassing a range of high end magazines. The movie primarily deals with the small subset of the org shown in blue below.
Political ThemesKatharineMiranda Sources of PowerPositional – Associate Partner Access and Control of Agenda – Keeping Tesss ideas as her own Information & expertise Reputation Alliances & Networks Many famous designers, etc. owe her for their careers ConflictBetween Katharine and TessBetween Miranda and Andy, Miranda and Irv Distribution of PowerUnderbounded - weak authority, open conflict and power struggles Overbounded - strong, top- down control, conflict is tightly-regulated Getting AheadSteals ideas from others and does not work hard to advance her career Manipulative but personally powerful with her network of connections
Interests Pro Change Opposed to Change Low High Nigel (Stanley Tucci) Nigel (Stanley Tucci) Miranda Priestley (Meryl Steep) Emily Chalton (Emily Blunt) Emily Chalton (Emily Blunt) Andrea Sachs (Anne Hathaway) Andrea Sachs (Anne Hathaway) Irv Ravitz Overall Internal Political Map showing long term interests
Interests Pro Change Opposed to Change Low High Oren Trask (Phillip Bosco) Katharine Parker (Sigourney Weaver) Jack Trainer (Harrison Ford) Tess McGill (Melanie Griffith) Overall Political Map showing short term interests in closing deal
In both movies, coalition building outside of the organization was key to the survival of Miranda and the promotion of Tess. For both Tess and Andy, knowing/learning what they wanted was key to getting there.