The reasons this film or play would be appealing to those teaching a business class is that it is a great demonstration of how not to motivate your team and how not do try to get sales.
The premise is that the team's bosses, Mitch and Murray, have set up a competition to see which of the four members of the sales team can sell the most plots of vacant land within a given time frame.
While the one who wins gets not only prestige but also a shiny new Cadillac, the person who comes second will get a set of steak knives, which is a prize nowhere near commensurate with what the winner gets. The problems of the person who comes second however, are nothing compared to those who come third or fourth—because they are going to be fired.
While this story provides a humorous and accurate indication of how not to be a boss, it also has some valuable lessons for employees. The four employees in the story do not feel that the leads they have been given to work with are adequate and resort to some extraordinary, illegal, and ridiculous measures to get leads, bring in clients, and sign deals. The way in which this team works is the opposite of working together—but this is to be expected when the stakes in a contest vary between a Cadillac and unemployment.