Organizational Behavior


  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 whole social system. Its purpose is to build better relationships by achieving human objectives, organizational objectives, and social objectives. Organizational Behavior studies encompasses the study of organizations from multiple viewpoints, methods, and levels of analysis. For instance, one textbook divides these multiple viewpoints into three perspectives: modern, symbolic, and postmodern.

Another traditional distinction, present especially in American academia, is between the study of "micro" organizational behavior -- which refers to individual and group dynamics in an organizational setting -- and "macro" organizational theory which studies whole organizations, how they adapt, and the strategies and structures that guide them. To this distinction, some scholars have added an interest in "meso" -- primarily interested in power, culture, and the networks of individuals and units in organizations -- and "field" level analysis which study how whole populations of organizations interact. In Europe these distinctions do exist as well, but are more rarely reflected in departmental divisions. The goal of the organizational theorist is to revitalize organizational theory and develop a better conceptualization of organizational life. An organizational theorist should carefully consider levels assumptions being made in theory, and is concerned to help managers and administrators.


Theories of Organizational Behavior 


CROB's expertise

CROB’s faculty and researchers have been occupied professionally to various projects regarding organizational behavior in fields such as:


  • Change management-consulting
  • Attitude theory (attitudes-behaviors)
  • Group dynamics
  • Organizational Stress
  • Positive Organizational Behavior
  • Commitment and motivation
  • Psychological contracts
  • Decision making
  • Team work
  • Communication
  • Business organization

The long lasting set of skills and competencies of the faculty and the experience they have obtained both professionally and academically through their careers, displays total fit with the psychological part of human resources management. Finally, all the members of the laboratory are characterized for their professional ethos and their research integrity from national and international partnerships and cooperations (universities, research centres, research projects, research partners-coordinators).


Organizational Behavior useful Links


Organizational Behavior useful bibliography

  • Ash, M.G. 1992. "Cultural Contexts and Scientific Change in Psychology: Kurt Lewin in Iowa." American Psychologist, Vol. 47, No. 2, pp. 198-207.
  • Hatch, M.J., "Organization Theory: Modern, symbolic, and postmodern perspectives." 2nd Ed. Oxford University Press (2006) ISBN 0-19-926021-4.
  • Robbins, Stephen P. Organizational Behavior - Concepts, Controversies, Applications. 4th Ed. Prentice Hall (2004) ISBN 0-13-170901-1.
  • Weick, Karl E. The Social Psychology of Organizing 2nd Ed. McGraw Hill (1979) ISBN 0-07-554808-9.
  • Simon, Herbert A. Administrative Behavior: A Study of Decision-Making Processes in Administrative Organizations, 4th ed. 1997, The Free Press.
  • Tompkins, Jonathan R. "Organization Theory and Public Management". Thompson Wadsworth (2005) ISBN 978-0-534-17468-2
  • Gordon J. R. : Organizational Behavior. A Diagnostic Approach. Prentice-Hall, International, INC
  • Greenberg J. & Baron A. R. (1997): Behavior in Organizations. Prentice – Hall International, INC
  • Vecchio P. R. (1995): Organizational Behavior. The Dryden Press Harcourt Brace College Publishers
  • Zytowski G. D. (1968): Vocational Behavior. Readings in Theory and Research. Holt, Rinehart and Winston, Inc
  • Gibson, Ivancevich, Donnelly (2000): Organizations. Behaviour, Structure, Processes.
    Tenth Edition. The McGraw – Hill Companies, Inc
  • Howell William & Dipboye Robert (1986): Essentials of Industrial Organizational Psychology. Third Edition. The Dorsey Press
  • Ivancevich M. John & Matteson T. Michael (1996): Organizational Behavior and Management. Fourth Edition. Irwin. The McGraw – Hill Companies, Inc
  • Robbins P. Stephen & Couiter Mary (1999): Management. Sixth Edition. Prentice Hall International Inc
  • Weihrich Heinz & Koontz Harold (1993): Management. A Global Perspective. Tenth Edition. International Edition
  • Bateman S. T. & Snell A. S. (1996): Management. Building Competitive Advantage. Irwin Third Edition
  • Hellriegel D. & Slocum W. J. (1982): Management. Third Edition. Addison – Wesley Publishing Company
  • Kast E. F. & Rosenzweig E. J (1979): Organization and Management. A Systems and Contingency Approach. McGraw – Hill International Book Company
  • Koontz H. & O’ Connell C. (1976): Management. A Systems and Contingency Analysis of Managerial Functions. McGraw – Hill International Book Company

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