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Michael Clayton: A Film Analysis06.30.2012Quinnipiac UniversityOL662 Principled LeadershipDr. M. GoralskiLead Investigator...
Agenda Movie Overview Ethical Leaders     Michael Clayton     Karen Crowder     Arthur Edens     The Partners Conne...
The Film- “Michael Clayton”U-North   Agrochemical business   In middle of class-action lawsuit   Product fatally poison...
Video: I’m a Janitor            .
Michael ClaytonAttorney at Kenner, Bach & Ledeen.Firm’s “fixer.” Film’s protagonist.Work Ethical Dilemmas  Became the “fi...
Michael Clayton (continued)Family/Personal Ethical Dilemmas   Clayton owes $75,000 to a loan shark   Has severe gambling...
Karen CrowderChief Counsel, U-NorthWork Ethical Dilemmas  Suppresses case evidence  Orders successful murder of Arthur E...
Video: They Killed Them
Arthur EdensAttorney at Kenner, Bach & Ledeen.Chief Litigator for U-North Case.     Expert Power     Misplaced/Broken Lo...
The PartnersKenner, Bach & Ledeen   “Just Fix It” attitude   Denial and greed   Inappropriate responses with celebratio...
Moral Imagination: A Shadow of Leadership Reproductive Imagination    - Aware of elements of the context Productive Imag...
Video: I’m Not The Enemy.
Possible Ethical Implications   Loss of reputation   Loss of job/position   Collapse of business   Loss of life   Mak...
What Actually Happened Arthur – Clarity via mental illness Karen – Confronted and arrested Michael – Awakened to new li...
Video: The Final Scene.
Conclusions The film “Michael Clayton” is an excellentexample of ethical struggles in the businessenvironment. The shado...
ReferencesThe Internet Movie Database (IMDb). (n.d.). The Internet Movie Database (IMDb). Retrieved June    18, 2012, from...
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  1. 1. Michael Clayton: A Film Analysis06.30.2012Quinnipiac UniversityOL662 Principled LeadershipDr. M. GoralskiLead Investigators:Lucy Akers Michelle Montepara Karla Natale Brett Orzechowski
  2. 2. Agenda Movie Overview Ethical Leaders  Michael Clayton  Karen Crowder  Arthur Edens  The Partners Connection to OL662 teachings Conclusions
  3. 3. The Film- “Michael Clayton”U-North  Agrochemical business  In middle of class-action lawsuit  Product fatally poisoned hundreds  Company was aware product contained carcinogensMichael Clayton’s law firm is representing U-North.Through an intricate story and interwoven plotlines,the characters face heightening ethical dilemmas.
  4. 4. Video: I’m a Janitor .
  5. 5. Michael ClaytonAttorney at Kenner, Bach & Ledeen.Firm’s “fixer.” Film’s protagonist.Work Ethical Dilemmas  Became the “fixer” after a few years of litigation  Conflicted with his “fixer” role  Faces an ethical dilemma with each casePrimary Ethical Dilemma  Must help Arthur Edens, chief litigator for U-North  Put aside personal friendship for the firm’s benefit
  6. 6. Michael Clayton (continued)Family/Personal Ethical Dilemmas  Clayton owes $75,000 to a loan shark  Has severe gambling problem  Uses his leverage with brother, a NYPD officerEvil Representation  Dreadful pleasure  Bureaucracy  Choice  Ordinary
  7. 7. Karen CrowderChief Counsel, U-NorthWork Ethical Dilemmas  Suppresses case evidence  Orders successful murder of Arthur Edens  Orders unsuccessful murder of Michael ClaytonKaren is consumed with appearances  Compulsive, neurotic and manipulativeEvil Representation  Deception  Bureaucracy  Choice
  8. 8. Video: They Killed Them
  9. 9. Arthur EdensAttorney at Kenner, Bach & Ledeen.Chief Litigator for U-North Case.  Expert Power  Misplaced/Broken Loyalties  Change in ethics led to challenge of dissent  Evil Representation  Deception  Bureaucracy  Choice  Ordinary
  10. 10. The PartnersKenner, Bach & Ledeen “Just Fix It” attitude Denial and greed Inappropriate responses with celebrations Evil Representation  Ordinary
  11. 11. Moral Imagination: A Shadow of Leadership Reproductive Imagination - Aware of elements of the context Productive Imagination - Reframing the problem Creative Imagination - New and morally sound solutions
  12. 12. Video: I’m Not The Enemy.
  13. 13. Possible Ethical Implications Loss of reputation Loss of job/position Collapse of business Loss of life Making the wrong kinds of enemies Criminal implications Feeding addictions Mental breakdowns Evil allowed to flourish
  14. 14. What Actually Happened Arthur – Clarity via mental illness Karen – Confronted and arrested Michael – Awakened to new lifestyle
  15. 15. Video: The Final Scene.
  16. 16. Conclusions The film “Michael Clayton” is an excellentexample of ethical struggles in the businessenvironment. The shadows of leadership can be extremelydetrimental. It is important to understand the ethicalimplications of decisions.
  17. 17. ReferencesThe Internet Movie Database (IMDb). (n.d.). The Internet Movie Database (IMDb). Retrieved June 18, 2012, from http://www.imdb.com and http://www.imdb.com.libraryproxy.quinnipiac.edu/find?q=michael+clayton&s=allJohnson, C. (2012). Meeting the Ethical Challenges of Leadership: Casting Light or Shadow, 4th edition. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.Michael Clayton - George vs Tilda -YouTube . (n.d.). YouTube - Broadcast Yourself. . Retrieved June 18, 2012, from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G041ho8nnZUMichael Clayton - "Im not a miracle worker, Im a janitor" -YouTube . (n.d.). YouTube - Broadcast Yourself. . Retrieved June 18, 2012, from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bKVkHRGc-60Michael Clayton - "Im not the enemy" -YouTube . (n.d.). YouTube - Broadcast Yourself. . Retrieved June 18, 2012, from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kgmTAR3Rv5E&feature=relmfuMichael Clayton - "They Killed Them!" -YouTube . (n.d.). YouTube - Broadcast Yourself. . Retrieved June 18, 2012, from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kzhpP07Hhms&feature=relmfu

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