What is organizational
behavior (OB) ?
A field of study that investigates the impact
individuals, groups, and structure have on
behavior within organizations, for the purpose of
applying such knowledge toward improving an
OB is the study of what people do in an
organization and the way their behavior affects
the organization’s performance
Behavior is not random
Behavior is generally predictable
we can identify fundamental
consistencies underlying the behavior
of all individuals and modify them to
reflect individual differences.
systematic study of behavior is a
means to making reasonably accurate
By term systematic study, we mean looking at
relationships, attempting to attribute causes and
effects, and basing our conclusions on scientific
evidence—that is, on data gathered under
controlled conditions and measured and
interpreted in a rigorous manner.
Evidence-based management (EBM)
managerial decisions on the best available
Core topics of OB
Leader behavior and power
Group structure and processes
Attitude development and perception
Conflict and negotiation
The scientific study of the human mind
and its functions, especially those
affecting behaviour in a given context.
It is the study of the mind, how it works,
and how it affects behavior
The science that seeks to measure,
explain, and sometimes change the
behavior of humans and other animals
Contribution of Psychology
Individual decision making
Unit of Analysis -
The branch of psychology that deals
with social interactions, including their
origins and their effects on the
An area of psychology that blends
concepts from psychology and
sociology to focus on the influence of
people on one another.
Contribution of Social
Group decision making
The study of the development,
structure, and functioning of human
Sociology is an exciting and
illuminating field of study that analyzes
and explains important matters in our
personal lives, our communities, and
Contribution of Sociology
Formal organization theory
Unit of Analysis
Anthropology is the study of what
makes us human.
The study of human societies and
cultures and their development.
The study of societies to learn about
human beings and their activities.
Contribution of Anthropology