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Overview of Organizational Behavior - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives
Develop a deeper understanding of organizational behavior by first learning the basics. This overview teaches the history and utilization of organizational behavior within companies. Our qualified instructors guide you through entertaining lessons that cover everything from the external effects on organizational behavior to reasons it should be managed. Test yourself on the main points of each lesson by taking the quizzes included throughout the chapter. Topics covered include:
- The definition of organizational behavior
- Contingency theory
- External factors in organizational behavior
- Organizational behavior management
- Business case studies related to organizational behavior
|What is Organizational Behavior? - Definition and History of the Field||Classify organizational behavior, and analyze its primary theories.|
|Contingency Theory: Definition and Significance to Organizational Behavior||Evaluate the meaning of contingency theory and why it is important in organizational behavior.|
|External Effects on Organizational Behavior||Point out how things like technology and marketing conditions impact organizational behavior.|
|Why Organizational Behavior Needs to Be Managed||Summarize the manager's role in managing the behavior of individuals within an organization.|
|Business Case Study: Organizational Behavior at Hyundai||Analyze the organizational behavior of Hyundai.|
|Business Case Study: Pixar's Organizational Behavior||Consider the organizational behavior of Pixar, including their team culture and hands-off management style.|
|Behavioral Sciences that Impact and Influence Organizational Behavior||Examine how behavioral sciences like psychology, sociology, anthropology, management, and medicine have impacted the development of organizational behavior.|
1. What is Organizational Behavior? - Definition and History of the Field
Organizational behavior is the study of both group and individual performance and activity within an organization. Internal and external perspectives are two theories of how organizational behavior can be viewed by companies.
2. Behavioral Sciences that Impact and Influence Organizational Behavior
The major behavioral science disciplines that have contributed to the development of organizational behavior are psychology, sociology, anthropology, management and medicine. In this lesson, you'll learn about how these behavioral sciences have influenced the development of organizational behavior.
3. 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.
4. External Effects on Organizational Behavior
Even though you are your own person, other people can influence your attitude and actions. In this lesson, we'll learn how the same is true with organizations - external inputs can impact behavior within the organization. Organizational behavior can be positive or negative behavior that impacts an organization's bottom line.
5. Why Organizational Behavior Needs to Be Managed
Happy workers are essential to a successful business. In this lesson, we'll discuss the concept of organizational behavior and why managing employee behavior is a key component of success.
6. Business Case Study: Organizational Behavior at Hyundai
Just like people, companies have personalities. It's just with companies, it's called a culture, and it's developed through organizational behavior. In this lesson, we'll talk about one example of a changing culture - the Hyundai Motor Company.
7. Business Case Study: Pixar's Organizational Behavior
If your TV has been on since 1986, especially if there are kids around, you've likely seen an animated movie made by Pixar. Sure the movies are great, but the organization behind the show is a greater example of positive organizational behavior.
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Other chapters within the Business 307: Leadership & Organizational Behavior course
- Leadership in Organizations
- Management Process & Strategy
- Diversity & Social Issues in Leadership
- Personality in Organizations
- Attitudes & Values in Organizations
- Perception & Attribution in Organizations
- Employee Morale & Motivation
- Motivation Theory
- Types of Workplace Communication
- Work Teams & Group Behavior
- Team Decision Making
- Conflict in Organizations
- Organizational Structure & Design
- Job Design in Organizations
- Organizational & Company Culture
- Business Ethics & Issues
- Change in Organizations
- Globalization & Organizational Behavior
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