July 3, 2007

News & Opinion: Movies as a replacement for books.

By: Dylan Schleicher @ 6:34 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

Four Italian consultants, Francesco Bogliari, Sergio Di Giorgi, Marco Lombardi and Piero Trupia, concluded "executives learn little from books." So they wrote a book* to recommend movies "they say showcase good business practice and highlight major issues."
"High-quality films, though, can offer lessons about problem-solving and teamwork as well as focusing on issues such as globalisation and diversity, Mr Bogliari said."
Some of the recommendations include:
  1. Stephen Spielberg's The Terminal starring Tom Hanks

  2. Pedro Almodvar's Volver with Penelope Cruz

  3. Moral of both stories: Use diversity to your advantage.

  4. Westerns starring John Wayne

    MOS: Teaches leadership and mission.

  5. Stanley Kubrick's Lolita

    MOS: May help with stock market investing

Check out the full story here.
Update: Wall Street Journal's The Informed Reader blog picked up the BBC story and interprets as many of the movie titles as they can.
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*the book is in Italian.

About Dylan Schleicher

Dylan Schleicher has been a part of the 800-CEO-READ claque since 2003. Even though he's stayed on at the company, he has not stayed put. After beginning in shipping & receiving, he joined customer service and accounting before moving into his current, highly elliptical orbit of duties overseeing the ChangeThis and In the Books websites, the company's annual review of books and in-house design. He lives with his wife and two children in the Washington Heights neighborhood on Milwaukee's West Side.