Organizational Behavior

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Abstract Organizational Behavior is the study and application of knowledge about how people, individuals, and groups act in organizations. It does this by taking a system approach. That is, it interprets people-organization relationships in terms of the whole person, whole group, whole organization, and whole social system. Its purpose is to build better relationships by achieving human objectives, organizational objectives, and social objectives. Organizations are social inventions for accomplishing common goals through group effort. The basic characteristics of organizations are that they involve the coordinated efforts of people working together to accomplish common goals. They are open systems that take inputs from the external environment, transform some of these inputs, and send them back into the environment as outputs. The external environment includes all the events and conditions surrounding the organization that influence this process. Major components of the environment include the economy, customers, suppliers, competitors, social/political factors, and existing technologies. Organizational behavior refers to the attitudes and behaviors of individuals and groups in an organizational context. The field of organizational behavior systematically studies these attitudes and behavior and provides advice about how organizations can manage them effectively. The goals of the field include the prediction, explanation, and management of organizational behavior. Management is the art of getting things accomplished in organizations through others. It consists of acquiring, allocating, and utilizing physical and human resources to accomplish goals. Personality is important for organizational behavior because there are a lo... ... middle of paper ... ...nd react more negatively to this stress. Studying organizational behavior this quarter has brought new meaning to the term. I have learned so much about organizational behavior to last a lifetime. Presently at my organization we are having a lot of personal conflict. Personalities are clashing and people are not communicating to get their jobs done effectively. Communicating a long with having respect for other people's opinions is the key to any organization being successful. References J. D. Neal and Associates, Inc. (2003). 'Conflict: Why It's Necessary' Facilitator Guide. Retrieved September 4, 2006, from Gary Johns and Alan Saks (2005). Organizational Behavior: Understanding and Managing Life at Work. Retrieved September 6, 2006.

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