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. The field draws from several different disciplines in the behavioral sciences, and is often broken down into different levels of analysis within an organization:



-Structure (organization systems)

Contributing Disciplines

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


-Social psychology



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 research and quantitative research approaches including:

- Ethnography

- Case study

- Interviews

- Phenomenological study

- Historical research

- Multilevel modeling

- Structural equation modeling

- Time series analysis

Submitted by Will Loker