Organizational behavior (often abbreviated OB) is 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 organizations effectiveness. Thats a mouthful, so lets break
Organizational behavior is a field of study, meaning that it is a distinct area
of expertise with a common body of knowledge. What does it study? It studies
three determinants of behavior in organizations: individuals, groups, and structure.
In addition, OB applies the knowledge gained about individuals, groups,
and the effect of structure on behavior in order to make organizations work
Sources: Robbins, S. P., & Judge, T. (2013). Organizational behavior. Boston: Pearson.