April 24th, 2012
Table of Contents
Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2
Survivor of the Fittest: Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs . . 2-3
Houston, We Have a Problem . . . . . . . . . . 3-4
When researching possible media outlets containing organizational behavior it quickly became apparent that Organizational Behavior is EVERYWHERE! Literally. Every movie I liked, TV show I watched, and book I’ve read, whether I liked it or not, contained some form of OB. With that being said, I couldn’t make my mind up on one single source, so I’ve chosen to analyze a variety of films and shows.
Survivor of the Fittest: Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs
Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs is the show Survivor. Each of the five stages is met as the show progresses, but not every contestant reaches that point. Not every contestant was able to reach the level of motivation or skill it took to be the last man standing, the “Survivor.”
At the first level, physiological needs are addressed. While cars, phones, ovens, etc were once an everyday commodity for these contestants, they are now faced having to “hunt and gather” for their every meal, and create a safe shelter for themselves. The basic necessities needed to survive are met and a smooth transition into the second level of safety needs occurs. Now that the game can be focused on, relationships are made. This is primarily used as a tool to secure their spot on the island, because (as the show has proven), the least-favorite player often gets voted off. With this realization, the social third level of love, belonging, and being accepted really show. Forming alliances, behind-the-back whispering, and secret collusions between the players occur. Every member has the desire and wants to be needed and liked by fellow cast mates,...