Lecture2_Person_Situation_Framework

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Person X Situation Interaction Framework August 29, 2007
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Behavior at work is complex Goal of Organizational Behavior To provide a theoretical framework that can be used to explain, predict and control behavior. Goal of today’s lecture. Introduce the logic of the Person X Situation Interaction Framework. Demonstrate how it can be used to understand an organizational problem.
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Bad Apples or the Barrel? "A new Iraq will also need a humane, well-supervised prison system. Under the dictator, prisons like Abu Ghraib were symbols of death and torture. That same prison became a symbol of disgraceful conduct by a few American troops who dishonored our country and disregarded our values." [Bush Speech To The Army War College, 5/24/04]
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How do we explain her cruel behavior? She is a particularly sadistic woman The prisoners are evil and therefore deserved it Someone “made” her do it (authority) She was having a bad day It was the desert heat The army’s selection procedures The prison was poorly run
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Personality Behavior originates in the individual. Dispositions : Tendencies to respond to situations, or classes of situations in a particular, predetermined manner. What are some dispositional explanations for her behavior?
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The Power of the Situation Powerful situations can “overwhelm” dispositions.
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