Chapter 1 - Chapter 1 pgs 3-16 I Organizational Behavior...

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Chapter 1 pgs. 3-16 I. Organizational Behavior: Its Basic Nature a. OB is concerned with organizations of all types- nonprofit, public, private, small, large, etc. b. What is the Field of Organizational Behavior All About? i. Four Central Characteristics 1. Firmly grounded in scientific method 2. Studies individuals, groups, and organizations 3. Interdisciplinary in nature 4. Used as the basis for enhancing organizational effectiveness and individual well being ii. OB Applies the Scientific Method to Practical Managerial Problems 1. Based in psychology and sociology 2. Seek scientific approaches to the problems iii. OB Focuses on Three Levels of Analysis—Individuals, Groups, and Organizations 1. All three levels of analysis have to be considered to completely understand what dynamics of behavior in organizations 2. Individuals- perceptions, attitudes and motives 3. Groups- communication, coordination of activities 4. Organizations- their structure and cooperation in their environments iv. OB is Multidisciplinary in Nature 1. OB considers a variety of approaches to solving problems v. OB Seeks to Improve Organizational Effectiveness and the Quality of Life at Work 1. Different types of managerial theories work 2. Interested in determining what causes people to behave in the best way possible c. Why Is It Important to Know About OB?
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