INTRODUCTION AND REVIEW
As technology continues to enhance the development of business education in institutions of higher learning (e.g. the abundance of Microsoft PowerPoint presentations being used across all business disciplines; increased online course offerings; et cetera) and professors continue to deal with students who have grown up with the Internet, video games, television and movies as central parts of their lives and therefore expect the utilization of technology in the classroom, it becomes increasingly important to note there will be challenges for effectively teaching basic and advanced business concepts in the 21st century. Professors increasingly must deal with students who are easily distracted in class and who may be more technologically savvy overall. By employing clips from popular films and television shows business professors may be able to enhance their connections with students in the classroom and illustrate concepts that may be difficult for some students to appreciate such as customer service, professionalism in meetings or leadership techniques.
The notion of using film as an effective teaching tool has been recognized for many years by scholars in numerous disciplines. Professors and instructors in history, political science, human development, psychology, family counseling, social work, physics, astronomy, advertising, marketing and management have successfully used film in their classes to enhance their pedagogies. The practice of using film to enhance university level education reaches beyond the shores of North America; universities in Great Britain are also using film to augment teaching techniques (Johnston 2001).
The idea of using film in business education dates back to the mid-20th century, when Ohio State University professor W.J. Fleig (1950) argued that "movies make it possible to bring to students types of industrial activities which are foreign to their locality. The films may be presented during regular class hours and can be tied in with a class discussion. All or part of a film may be repeated if desired." Although Fleig was arguing for the use of films produced by corporations not motion picture studios, his points are salient in the 21st century when considering the use of popular cinematic productions. The use of film as a teaching tool has been implemented in a variety of disciplines for many years. The consideration of how other disciplines outside of commerce and business may provide valuable insights as to the benefits of using film to those who teach in traditional business areas.
Several studies detail the …