What is Organizational Behavior?

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

it down.

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

more effectively.


Sources: Robbins, S. P., & Judge, T. (2013). Organizational behavior. Boston: Pearson.

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