Understanding Behavior: Systematic Study, Evidence-based Management & Intuition


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Tina is a deputy manager in a large PR firm. She tries to understand why John, who worked so well as an intern and was promoted to an assistant in finance, seems to be so negative and is constantly making mistakes. She assigns him to a project she is working on so that she can observe him more closely. Based on her observations, she thinks that he is not satisfied with the amount of money he makes. However, he is actually having trouble with his fiance. Why does Tina make the wrong conclusion?

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1. What is the basic assumption of the systematic study?

2. How does the evidence-based management study differ from the systematic study?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and related worksheet will test your knowledge of organizational behavior and the methods used to understand such behaviors. You'll need to be familiar with the various ways of studying organizational behavior.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use this assessment to test your knowledge of the following study methods:

  • Evidence-based
  • Intuition
  • Systematic

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - verify that you can draw the most important information from the related organizational behavior lesson
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you have gained regarding the ways psychologists study employee behavior
  • Knowledge application - use what you have learned to answer questions about studying behavior in the workplace

Additional Learning

To learn more about workplace behavior, review the associated lesson on Understanding & Observing Workplace Behavior. This lesson covers the following topics:

  • Show how and why psychologists study employees and their behavior
  • Define intuition and the role it plays in analyzing organizational behavior
  • Discuss systematic studies and evidence-based management studies
  • Discuss information gathered by organizations from these studies and why it is important