VOCABULARY WORDS FOR ORGANIZATIONAL BEHAVIOR BUSINESS CLASS
individuals who achieve goals through other people.
a consciously coordinated social unit composed of two or more people that
function on a relatively continuous basis to achieve a common goal or set of goals.
a process that includes defining goals, establishing strategy, and developing
plans to coordinate activities.
determining what tasks are to be done, who is to do them, how the tasks are
to be grouped, who reports to whom, and where decisions are to be made.
a function that includes motivating employees, directing others, selecting the
most effective communication channels, and resolving conflicts.
monitoring activities to ensure that they are being accomplished as planned
and correcting any significant deviations.
the ability to apply specialized knowledge or expertise.
the ability to work with, understand, and motivate other people, both
individually and in groups.
the mental ability to analyze and diagnose complex situations.
Organizational behavior (OB):
a field of study that investigates the impact that
individuals, groups, and structure have on behavior within organizations, for the purpose
of applying such knowledge toward improving an organization’s effectiveness.
looking at relationships, attempting to attribute causes and effects, and
drawing conclusions based on scientific evidence.
Evidence-based management (EBM):
basing managerial decisions on the best available
a gut feeling not necessarily supported by research.
the science that seeks to measure, explain, and sometimes change the
behavior of humans and other animals.
an area of psychology that blends concepts from psychology and
sociology and that focuses on the influence of people on one another.
the study of people in relation to their social environment or culture.
the study of societies to learn about human beings and their activities.
situational factors: variables that moderate the relationship
between two or more other variables.
the concept that organizations are becoming more heterogeneous in
terms of gender, age, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, and inclusion of other diverse
Positive organizational scholarship:
an area of OB research that concerns how
organizations develop human strength, foster vitality and resilience, and unlock potential.
situations in which individuals are required to define right and wrong.