Organizational Behavior

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Organizational behavior (OB) is a field of study that looks at the behavior of individuals, groups and the overarching structure within an organization in an effort to improve organizational effectiveness.

Contributing Disciplines

Organizational behavior is an applied science drawing on numerous disciplines in the behavioral sciences mainly:


-Social psychology



Organizational behavior is often divided into several levels:



-Structure (organization systems)

Major Topics in Organizational Behavior


- Attitudes and Job Satisfaction

- Emotions and Moods

- Personalities

- Perception and Decision Making

- Motivational Concepts


- Group Behavior

- Work Teams

- Communication

- Leadership

- Politics

- Conflict and Negotiation

Organization Structure:

- Organizational Culture

- Human Resource Policies and Practices

- Organizational Change

Research Methods

Commonly Used research methods in OB include both qualitative and quantitative approaches including:

- Ethnography

- Case analysis

- Interviews

- Phenomenological Methods

- Multilevel modeling

- Structural equation modeling

- Time series analysis

Submitted by Will Loker