Ch 1: Understanding Organizational Behavior

About This Chapter

In order to create a soundly functioning workplace, your company's leaders need to understand organizational behavior and how changes in perspective can lead to a more productive and profitable organization. These brief video lessons offer information on what organizational behavior is and how to encourage good practices.

Understanding Organizational Behavior - Chapter Summary

The lessons in this chapter examine theories of organizational behavior and various approaches to understanding workplace behavior. By watching these engaging videos, your employees and managers can review the following topics:

  • Internal and external perspectives of organizational behavior
  • How behavioral sciences have contributed to the study of organizational behavior
  • What the human relations movement means in the workplace
  • The contingency theory of organizational behavior
  • How an organization can analyze employees

You can require employees to watch these videos on an individual basis or show them in a group setting. Used as part of a corporate training program, these lessons and quizzes offer opportunities for employees to discuss organizational behavior concepts, brainstorm ideas and share their experiences.

How It Helps

  • Offers perspectives: These videos let your employees learn what organizational behavior is and explain different perspectives of how companies can view it; these perspectives can help managers understand the events and factors that affect an individual's job performance and behavior.
  • Discusses solutions for workplace problems: The information provided can help your managers learn to consider the individuals needs of employees, which can lead to reduced absenteeism and lower the turnover rate.
  • Provides ways to improve company programs: By learning about different ways to look at employee behavior, the company leaders who watch these lessons can use these methods to improve work environments and create effective training programs.

Skills Covered

These videos will leave your employees able to:

  • Describe the history of organizational behavior
  • Explain theories of how companies can view organizational behavior
  • List ways the human relations movement can improve workplace conditions
  • Analyze the contingency theory and its significance
  • Show how an organization can analyze employee needs and improve programs

6 Lessons in Chapter 1: Understanding Organizational Behavior
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What is Organizational Behavior? - Definition and History of the Field

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.

Behavioral Sciences that Impact and Influence Organizational Behavior

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.

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.

Contingency Theory: Definition and Significance to Organizational Behavior

4. 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

5. 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.

Practical Application: Understanding Employee Behavior

6. Practical Application: Understanding Employee Behavior

Gain valuable insight into employee behavior with the aid of the assessment questions in this practical application. Also, valuable strategies for analyzing the results will be discussed.

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