Organizational Behavior

Course is recommended for college credit by the American Council on Education's Credit Recommendation Service (ACE CREDIT)

 

 

Organizational Behavior
Course is recommended for college credit by the American Council on Education's Credit Recommendation Service (ACE CREDIT)

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This class will introduce you to the study of behavior within organizations. You’ll learn about classic and modern theories, see how organizational behavior is already a part of your everyday life, and come to understand how this subject is important regardless of your organizational specialty. Before we go any further, let’s define the topic we’ll be covering.

What is organizational behavior? Organizational behavior (or OB, as it is often referred to) is the study of human behavior within groups and organizations. By organization, we mean a structured social system of people organized and working together to perform planned activities and to achieve stated goals.

Overall, organizational behavior is concerned with developing more effective organizations. Therefore, the main goals of this field are to describe, predict, understand, and maintain human behavior. That’s why the study of organizational behavior focuses upon the human side of work and performance in organizations.

Organizational behavior, as a field of scientific study, looks at the human side of organizations by analyzing the three levels, or components, of importance: individuals, groups, and organizations. Each of these levels helps to form the total system used in organizational behavior for describing, predicting, understanding, and maintaining human actions in organizations. In fact, organizational behavior allows us to understand how these elements are interrelated and how monumental works and performance are accomplished.

Central to organizational behavior is the notion that human behaviors and actions are multi-determined in organizations. Thus, the contingency theory is used to understand that organizational behavior results from a confluence of many interacting forces (or combinations of individual, group, and organizational variables).

Today, organizational behavior utilizes the scientific method to provide evidence-based studies of organizations, concepts, and theories. This research based on specific criteria allows us to better understand individual, group, and organizational behaviors. Therefore, organizational behavior is interdisciplinary, meaning that it derives its theories and knowledge from several sources. These include psychology, sociology, management, business, education, communications, anthropology, political sciences, and other social sciences.

Organizational Behavior
Sample Syllabus Sections 1 & 2

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1.1 What is Organizational Behavior? - You’ll learn about classic and modern theories, see how organizational behavior is already a part of your everyday life, and come to understand how this subject is important regardless of your organizational specialty.

1.2 Origins of Organizational - Learn the scientific foundations of organizational behavior.

1.3 Behavior Classic Theories of Organizational - In this section, we’ll start our discussion about the human relations school.

1.4 Behavior Current Trends & Organizational - Learn how to explain the role of globalization in organizational behavior.

1.5 Behavior in the Changing World Contemporary - Learn how to explain the contingency approach to management and time management between employees.

1.6 Theories of Organizational Behavior Ethics & Organizational Behavior - Discuss the role of ethics in organizational behavior.

1.7 Social Responsibility - Learn the social responsibility of organizations.

1.8 Essentials of Organizational Behavior Research - Identify research designs for organizational behavior.

1.9 Case Study: Dynamics of Organizational Behavior in Action - Describe a company that exhibits the essential components of organizational behavior.

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2.1 Context of Organizational - Identify organizational culture in context, and explain various characteristics of organizational culture.

2.2 Culture Organizational - Describe the layers, and four functions, of organizational culture.

2.3 Culture Dynamics Types of Organizational - Explain the various types of organizational cultures and identify the outcomes associated with these organizational cultures.

2.4 Culture Change - Explain how the culture of organizational behavior experiences change.

2.5 Organizational Socialization - When discussing culture, we must also take socialization into account. So, how does socialization happen and why is it important? First, let’s start by defining socialization.

2.6 The Role of Mentoring - Define mentoring, career functions, and psychosocial functions. Identify the benefits of mentoring for career development within an organization.

2.7 Creating Networks Human & Social Capital - Define networking, development networks, strong ties, and weak ties. Explain mentoring as a process involving a network of multiple individuals, and explain how relationship strength affects the quality of mentoring.

2.8 Case Study: Organizational Culture & Socialization - Understand the context of organizational culture.

Sample Questions
Test Your Current Knowledge of Organizational Behavior

Organizational Behavior Exam Study Guide with Sample Questions

The following sample questions do not appear on an actual examination. These questions are intended to give test-takers an indication of the format and idea of what to study!


  1. stereotyping supervisory personnel
  2. engaging in perceptual defense
  3. making a casual attribution
  4. learning about job tasks

  1. physiological causes of behavior
  2. cognition of behavior
  3. consequences of behavior
  4. punishment of behavior

  1. It states that job satisfaction and dissatisfaction do not exist on a single continuum
  2. It does not explain why people desire to achieve
  3. It states that organizational policies have too strong an impact on intrinsic rewards
  4. It does not explain why people choose particular behaviors to accomplish work - related goals

  1. an authority stance
  2. a stereotype
  3. a nonverbal cue
  4. a leadership behavior

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