What is Organizational Behavior? - Definition and History of the Field


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Natalie is a shift supervisor for a manufacturing firm. Upper management has indicated that production is below company goals and has asked for ideas to increase production levels. Natalie submitted the suggestion to increase bonus pay once workers meet a minimum criteria. Her suggestion is an example of _____.

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1. What perspective supports the belief that employee behavior is in large part based on own personal feelings, interactions, thoughts and experiences?

2. What is the definition of organizational behavior?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

The study of organizational behavior is comprised of two main perspectives. This quiz and worksheet combination will ask you to identify these perspectives and important, pertinent terminology and people.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This quiz will ask questions concerning:

  • Study that observed how workers reacted to their managers
  • The two perspectives of organizational behavior
  • Theorist whose work focused on job tasks as small parts of a whole
  • Definition of organizational behavior

Skills Practiced

You will be able to practice your learning skills, including:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on organizational behavior
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the perspective that states an employee's behavior is directly related to his personal life
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer a question about the organizational behavior perspective that puts emphasis on environmental factors over personal ones

Additional Learning

Develop your understanding by reviewing the accompanying lesson, What is Organizational Behavior? - Definition and History of the Field. This lesson will detail these objectives:

  • Identify organizational behavior as an area of study
  • Describe the perspective that states behavior is impacted primarily by personal feelings
  • Understand the perspective focused on environmental factors on an employee's behavior
  • Relate the Industrial Revolution to an understanding of organizational behavior
  • Know important case studies on rewards and punishments for employees' actions