How to not run a company


You will write a term paper that gives you an opportunity to practice applying the concepts covered in class to a real-life or fictitious business situation. The term paper will account for 150 points considered towards your final grade.

For the term paper assignment, you will need to watch the movie “Office Space.” This is one of the best movies on how to NOT run a company. The company in question is Initech Corporation, a fictitious software firm. You will need to select any two or three chapters covered in class and analyze the company through the lens of those chapters.

The paper should include the following elements:

  • A short synopsis of the situation – one or two paragraphs;
  • The chapters you chose to apply to the company and your reasons for it;
  • A series of sections where you introduce (concisely) key concepts from the chapters and apply them to Initech. I recommend identifying at least six concepts;
  • Your overall assessment of the situation at Initech and your recommendations for success;
  • A conclusion.

The paper should be 6 pages in length, double space, 1-inch margins all around. You may go over if necessary – just remember, the length-to-contribution ratio is an important determinant of you grade. You will submit the paper via D2L, and I will enable Turnitin check to ensure the originality of your submissions. Papers with a Turnitin Similarity score of over 20% will be suspect of plagiarism, which could result in a range of disciplinary actions from receiving 0 points on the assignment to getting an F grade in the class, whereas a Similarity score of 40+% will automatically lead to these consequences. As such, please use online sources responsibly.

The paper will be due at 11:59 pm on 6/18/21.

Here are some useful links:

Office Space on IMDB:

Office Space on Wikipedia:

Office Space on YouTube (available for rent at $3.99):

For your convenience, I have placed an example of a similar paper written by a student previously on a different movie, “The Social Network.” I do not necessarily endorse it as good or bad, it is merely meant to give you an idea for the structure of the paper and the kind of writing I expect.


The book is called ”Management Fundamental: concepts, applications, and skill development 8th edition” and here are the name of the chapters. I can provide you PowerPoint presentations if needed when you select which chapters (2-3 chapters) you want to base the paper on. 

Chapter 1: Management and Its History

Chapter 2: The Environment: Culture, Ethics, and Social Responsibility

Chapter 3: Managing Diversity in a Global Environment

Chapter 4: Creative Problem Solving and Decision Making

Chapter 5: Strategic and Operations Planning

Chapter 6: Managing Change, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship

Chapter 7: Organizing and Delegating Work

Chapter 8: Managing Team Work

Chapter 9: Human Resource Management

Chapter 9: Appendix Career Management and Networking

Chapter 10: Organizational Behavior: Power, Politics, Conflict and Stress

Chapter 11: Motivating for High Performance

Chapter 12: Leading with Influence

Chapter 13: Communication and Information Technology

Chapter 14: Managing Control Systems, Finances, and People

Chapter 15: Operations, Quality, and Productivity

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