Areas of research include improving job performance, increasing job satisfaction, promoting innovation and encouraging leadership. In order to achieve the desired results, managers may adopt different tactics, including reorganizing groups, modifying compensation structures and changing the way performance is evaluated. History While organizational behavior as a field of academic study was not fully recognized by the American Psychological Association until the s, its roots go back to the late s when the Hawthorne Electric Company set up a series of experiments designed to discern how changes in environment and design changed the productivity of their employees. Their various studies, conducted between the years of andwere broad and meticulously measured over large periods of time.
Overview[ edit ] Chester Barnard recognized that individuals behave differently when acting in their organizational role than Organisation behevior acting separately from the organization. One of the main goals of organizational behavior is "to revitalize organizational theory and develop a better conceptualization of organizational life".
Although there are similarities and differences between the two disciplines, there is still confusion around differentiating organizational behavior and organizational psychology.
The Industrial Revolution is a period from the s where new technologies resulted in the adoption of new manufacturing techniques and increased mechanization.
In his famous iron cage metaphor, Max Weber raised concerns over the reduction in religious and vocational work experiences. Weber claimed that the Industrial Revolution's focus on efficiency constrained the worker to a kind of "prison" and "stripped a worker of their individuality".
Weber analyzed one of these organizations and came to the conclusion that bureaucracy was "an organization that rested on rational-legal principles and maximized technical efficiency. All three of them drew from their experience to develop a model of effective organizational management, and each of their theories independently shared a focus on human behavior and motivation.
Taylor advocated for maximizing task efficiency through the scientific method. Named after automobile mogul Henry Fordthe method relied on the standardization of production through the use of assembly lines.
This allowed unskilled workers to produce complex products efficiently. Sorenson later clarified that Fordism developed independently of Taylor. The success of the scientific method and Fordism resulted in the widespread adoption of these methods.
In the s, the Hawthorne Works Western Electric factory commissioned the first of what was to become known as the Hawthorne Studies.
These studies initially adhered to the traditional scientific method, but also investigated whether workers would be more productive with higher or lower lighting levels. The results showed that regardless of lighting levels, when workers were being studied, productivity increased, but when the studies ended, worker productivity would return to normal.
In following experiments, Elton Mayo concluded that job performance and the so-called Hawthorne Effect was strongly correlated to social relationships and job content. A range of theories emerged in the s and s and include theories from notable OB researchers such as: These theories underline employee motivation, work performanceand job satisfaction.
Simon, along with Chester Barnardargued that people make decisions differently inside an organization when compared to their decisions outside of an organization. While classical economic theories assume that people are rational decision-makers, Simon argued a contrary point.
He argued that cognition is limited because of bounded rationality For example, decision-makers often employ satisficingthe process of utilizing the first marginally acceptable solution rather than the most optimal solution. This gave rise to contingency theoryinstitutional theoryand organizational ecology.
Current state of the field[ edit ] Research in and the teaching of OB primarily takes place in university management departments in colleges of business. Sometimes OB topics are taught in industrial and organizational psychology graduate programs.
This section does not cite any sources. Please help improve this section by adding citations to reliable sources. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. June Learn how and when to remove this template message There have been additional developments in OB research and practice.
Anthropology has become increasingly influential, and led to the idea that one can understand firms as communities, by introducing concepts such as organizational cultureorganizational rituals, and symbolic acts.Sep 14, · Organizational Behavior (OB) 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.
Organizational behavior (OB) or organisational behaviour is "the study of human behavior in organizational settings, the interface between human behavior and . Definition of organizational behavior: Actions and attitudes of individuals and groups toward one another and toward the organization as a whole, and its effect on the organization's functioning and performance.
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Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes publishes fundamental research in organizational behavior, organizational psychology, and human. Organizational behavior is the study of both group and individual performance and activity within an organization. Internal and external.