The Hunt for Red October Movie Essay
Directed by John McTiernan, the movie, "The Hunt for Red October" revolves around the ‘Red October’ an underwater Typhoon-class war submarine. The action movie is engaging and filled with brilliantly done scenes well mixed with political twists, turns and intrigues. It is the management setting in the movie however that is of major concern in this essay. A clear understanding of the significance of management in decision making has a strong statement throughout the movie. The essay will cover critical aspects of management such as leadership that is well illustrated by the two main protagonists of the movie, Jack Ryan from the CIA and Captain Marko Ramius who heads the Russian submarine. In order to understand the management theory, there is a need for a critical analysis of the different movie scenes and a discussion of their implications and significance in decision making and management.
The intuitive theory of management is well illustrated by CIA analyst, Jack Ryan. From his prior experience and knowledge of Captain Ramius while working on his Bio, Jack is innately confident that Ramius has good political intentions and has a different plan than an alleged attack on one of the major cities of the United States. The intuitive management theory coined by Roy Rowan explains the crucial role of a manager’s subconscious mind in decision making. Intuitive management is based on perceptions rather than concrete evidences and deductive reasoning. Currently, most managers rely on modern technology, meetings, analyses and even updated forecasts before making any decisions, what these leaders fail to accommodate is the power of their minds as a crucial element to steer them forward. One major importance of the theory in the management of businesses is the fact that other people’s intuition are as significant as that of their managers and when combined is a powerful steering wheel for coordination and understanding. This is observed when Ryan, Davenport and Painter discuss the plans that Ryan has and his idea of Ramius’ intentions of defecting.
An illustration of the intuitive management theory is observed in the scene where after Ryan immediately arrives at the Dulles International, is met by two CIA agents who escort him to Langley, Virginia, the CIA headquarters to meet with Admiral Greer. After showing him photos of the ‘Red October’, Ryan engages Greer and explains to him his experience with Captain Ramius and attempts to assure Admiral Greer that Ramius intends to defect. He recounts the good political connections of Ramius together with his training activities of soviet attack boat skippers. Ryan is then given an opportunity to persuade, Jeffery Pelt, the national security advisor of the president in the White House. After the briefing together with other Joint Chiefs, which is met with expected criticisms, Ryan is given a chance to prove his theory and make contacts with Ramius to intercept the ‘Red October’.
The intuition resource is vividly evident from the scene, Ryan the CIA analyst uses his knowledge and experience of the lead captain of the submarine in decision making. Together with the president’s security advisor, the chief admiral and other joint chiefs, a common agreement is achieved and plans to conquer the ‘Red October’ are drafted. The scene carefully highlights on the Intuitive Management Theory since it captures Ryan sharing out his perceptions and heightens the significance of the role of the subconscious in decision making.
The intuition theory can therefore be applied in business management and decision making. In the movie, Ryan’s intuitive reasoning becomes a significant tool in America’s attempt to halt a purported Russian attack.