ORGANIZATION BEHAVIOUR PORTRAYED IN THE SOCIAL NETWORK
The objective of the article is to select a movie which portrays a number of topics that have been taught to us as the part of a course known as organizational behaviour. The movie is an amalgamation of lots of qualities and aspects we face in an organization, or rather in the process of building up an organization. Keeping knowledge of them is beneficial for the development and well-being of the company. As an organization grows in terms of employee strength, annual turnover and expansion of business domain, such factors have more and more influence on the same as a whole. With the help of the movie “The Social Network”, it has been an aim to explain these factors in an elaborate and realistic manner, since the movie is based on a real story.
The movie is appropriate when it comes to the influence of elements of organizational behaviour in a blooming start-up. The social network is based on the achievements of Mark Zuckerburg, who chose to drop out of his University in order to focus on an idea; which would later become renowned worldwide as Facebook. The role of mark was reprised by critically acclaimed Jesse Eisenberg and the film, days after its release, was showered with notable acclaim. A number of such rave reviews have been mentioned below:
The Social Network, directed by David Fincher, begins as it ends, with Zuckerberg (Jesse Eisenberg) looking unreadable. He’s sitting in a Harvard bar, drinking beer and struggling to make eye contact with his girlfriend Erica (Rooney Mara). She’s pretty, articulate, quite a catch for a curly-haired, rubber-faced guy like him. Soon they squabble, mainly about his obsession with Ivy League private clubs, to the point where she says she’s leaving him.
-----The Telegraph UK
“The price of that ambition, at least as dramatized here, is borne by those around Mark, who remains a strategic cipher throughout: a Facebook page without a profile photo. Charmless and awkward in groups larger than one, he rarely breaks into a smile and, if memory serves, never says thank you. He seems wary at some moments, coolly calculating at others: when his eyes haven’t gone dead, you can see him working all the angles. One of those angles, according to Mr. Sorkin’s script, which follows the outline of “The Accidental Billionaires,” Ben Mezrich’s book about Facebook, was one of the site’s co-founders, Eduardo Saverin (a very good Andrew Garfield), a fellow student of Mark’s as well as his first big check writer and personal chump.”
----The New York Times
Mark was snubbed at by his contemporaries. His peers would have unlimited access to Ivy League clubs and bachelors parties. Being a nerd and socially awkward, he struggled to socialize with people, specifically with women. This led to a general brooding to his girlfriend about his desires to be in such places. When dumped by his girlfriend to the incessant brooding, he becomes angry. When a girl expresses her distaste in talking to him in a party where he struggled to get in, his frustration transcends all bounds.
The underlying factor here is the motivation. The idea of Facebook is to connect to people without the need to interact face-to-face. As more and more people resort to this type of socialization, the need for face-to-face interaction is loses its value. The movie has a particular scene where he utters that more the popularity of Facebook, more will people be convinced that actual physical interaction is not relevant in making friends.
The motivation of doing something new in order to bring in a new trend has been portrayed in the first picture.
The second picture shows him watching a person in a cold and calculated manner. It is difficult to read the expressions, due to which it is left to viewers’ opinions. The person in his sights is his university mate who belongs to a socially upper class and has the resources to lay the foundations of Facebook.
The perspective can vary based on interpretation of the gesture. One can say that mark harbors a hidden disgust and envy against his friend, since he is rich and has resources. It can also be deducted that he is reading the movements of the person to understand whether the person would serve to be a long-term investor, should Facebook grow exponentially as a big company. Another point that can be inferred is that Mark is an impatient guy and does not care about the rambling of the person, showing a certain lack of gratitude. From time to time in the movie, a certain lack of gratitude has been portrayed as a characteristic of Zuckerberg [he forgot to utter thanks unless memory served him].
The expression displayed in the second picture is a perception of the many thoughts going on in the mind of the protagonist.
Leadership is willingly or unwillingly adopted by a person who is on the verge of founding a mammoth organization. Without the quality of leadership, it is difficult to properly run an organization.
Leadership has a positive and a negative side. The positive side acknowledges the grievances of each and every employee and strives to eradicate them. The negative side of leadership simply does not entertain the opinions of employers who are at the bottom of the hierarchy. Sometimes, it is helpful to have a positive view on leadership; sometimes being strict on the employees helps in finishing tasks before the deadline. In the picture, Mark explains the potential of his idea in the upcoming decade. The manner in which he acknowledges the people who are willing to invest in his idea is one of attention.
The proper use of the correct sides of leadership to the employees, investors and competitors is something that requires skill and experience.
There is a significant difference between a person rusticated from university owing to bad grades and a person who willingly drops out of college in order to pursue his dreams. Every start-up and organization is founded by a person or a group of people who were willing to take the risks in order to follow their dreams.
Mark has never been depicted as having any interests in the academic curriculum and the conventional methods employed in universities. He had an idea; and knew that it required a knowledge which regular classes would fail to provide him. Motivational support was not something he expected from his university.
The picture shows how much he valued his dreams, enough to leave university studies and work on the idea which would set a new worldwide trend.