Ch 7: Organizational Development Theories

About This Chapter

Find out everything you need to know about organizational development theories with the lessons in this chapter. You also have access to quizzes that will go over the concepts taught in this chapter.

You can review organizational development theories with this chapter to help understand human resources concepts. We've designed these lessons to help you get familiar with:

  • How organizational change is carried out
  • The types of organizational commitment
  • Information behind the human relations movement
  • Classical management theory
  • Fredrick Taylor and management
  • Contingency theory
  • Analysis of behavior

When you go through these chapters, you can trust our knowledgeable and professional instructors to teach you all you need to know about organizational development theories. After you have viewed our videos and read the lesson transcripts, you have the chance to take lesson quizzes that will test you on what you have just learned. You can also complete the quizzes before watching the lessons and watch only the videos where you need extra review. The chapter test can also be taken before moving on to other chapters.

7 Lessons in Chapter 7: Organizational Development Theories
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What Is Organizational Development? - Executing Organizational Change

1. What Is Organizational Development? - Executing Organizational Change

Organizational development is the process of helping organizations improve through change in policies, power, leadership, control or job redesign. This lesson explores organizational climate, organizational culture and organizational strategy, the three main sections of organizational development theory.

Organizational Commitment: Definition, Theory & Types

2. Organizational Commitment: Definition, Theory & Types

Organizational commitment is important to organizational success. In this lesson, you'll learn about organizational commitment and its underlying theory. You'll also have a chance to take a short quiz after finishing the lesson.

The Human Relations Movement: Definition and Significance to Organizational Behavior

3. The Human Relations Movement: Definition and Significance to Organizational Behavior

The human relations movement in organizational behavior focuses on the person as an individual and not as just another part of the mechanics of production. The implementation of this theory decreases turnover, absenteeism and poor job commitment.

Classical Scientific School of Management

4. Classical Scientific School of Management

The scientific school of management focused on the 'science' of creating specialized work processes and workforce skills to complete production tasks efficiently. This lesson will discuss the development of scientific management and how it is applied by management as illustrated by the classic example of Henry Ford's Model T production line.

Frederick Taylor & Management: Maximizing Productivity & Efficiency

5. Frederick Taylor & Management: Maximizing Productivity & Efficiency

Known as the father of scientific management, Frederick Taylor revolutionized management practices. This lesson will discuss the contributions Taylor made to the field of management, most of which are still used today to maximize productivity and efficiency.

Contingency Theory: Definition and Significance to Organizational Behavior

6. Contingency Theory: Definition and Significance to Organizational Behavior

The contingency theory focuses on specific situational factors that can affect the direct relationships between independent and dependent variables. The theory explains that there is not an exact science to organizational behavior.

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

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

Intuition, systematic and evidence-based management are three different ways that employees can be analyzed in an organization. The results of the studies allow companies to improve employee programs, training and daily work environments.

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