1 BA 3361 -Introduction and Background

1 BA 3361 -Introduction and Background - #1 Introduction to...

Info iconThis preview shows pages 1–4. Sign up to view the full content.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon

Info iconThis preview has intentionally blurred sections. Sign up to view the full version.

View Full DocumentRight Arrow Icon

Info iconThis preview has intentionally blurred sections. Sign up to view the full version.

View Full DocumentRight Arrow Icon
This is the end of the preview. Sign up to access the rest of the document.

Unformatted text preview: #1 Introduction to Organizational Behavior and Background Organizational Behavior is the systematic study of actions and attitudes that people exhibit within organizations • Studies dimensions of individual, group, and organizational behaviors • emphasizes a global context • studies the nature of managerial work • studies the influence of ethics in human behavior Successful managers and entrepreneurs recognize that technical skills are necessary, but insufficient, for succeeding in management. Organizations – Systems of social interactions possessing: • authority relations • communication systems • use of incentives • some type of legal status • Changes inputs into outputs Organizational Behavior is about People How Important Are People in the Business World Today? Jack Welch- retired CEO of GE – “It’s all about people because in the end it’s all people. It’s picking the best people. It’s motivating the best people. It’s rewarding the best people in the soul and the wallet. It’s hugging them. It’s doing all these things to them. It’s making them great. It’s being excited by their success. It’s all those things.” – “A substantial body of evidence showed people centered practices strongly associated with much higher profits” Jeffrey Pfeffer, Stanford University • People centered practices: – Job security – Careful hiring – Power to the people – Equitable pay for performance – Lots of training – Less emphasis on status – Trust building Many modern management trends act counter to this idea. • Undue emphasis on short term profits precludes long term efforts to develop human resources • Excessive layoffs erode trust • Treating people as costs rather than assets lessens commitment and loyalty One mission of a course in Organizational Behavior is to increase the number of people-centered managers and organizations Organizations • Systems of social interactions possessing: – authority relations – communication systems – use of incentives – some type of legal status • Examples are everywhere – businesses – colleges – stores – prisons O.B. is an applied behavioral science and uses contributions from other behavioral disciplines Computers and humanities are not considered core topics of organizational behavior. • Psychology- science that seeks to measure, explain, and sometimes change the behavior of humans and other animals – learning – motivation – personality – emotions – training – decision making – Leadership – job satisfaction – performance appraisal – attitude measurement – job design – work stress Social psychology- focuses on the influence of people on one another • Sociology studies people in relation to their fellow human beings – group dynamics – work teams – communication – status – power – conflict – Organizational technology – organizational change – organizational culture • Anthropology study of societies...
View Full Document

This note was uploaded on 09/16/2009 for the course BA 3361 taught by Professor Davidritchey during the Spring '08 term at University of Texas at Dallas, Richardson.

Page1 / 9

1 BA 3361 -Introduction and Background - #1 Introduction to...

This preview shows document pages 1 - 4. Sign up to view the full document.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
Ask a homework question - tutors are online