What Is Organizational Behavior?

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Strategic management focuses on the product choices and industry characteristics that affect an organization's profitability.

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The theories and concepts found in OB are drawn from two disciplines: human resources management and strategic management.

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The two primary outcomes of interest to OB researchers, employees, and managers are job performance and job satisfaction.

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Much of what we know about organizational behavior is considered universal and "culture free," showing that managing people faces the same challenges everywhere.

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Job satisfaction has no effect on job performance, but it does affect organizational commitment.

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Like individual characteristics, group mechanisms shape satisfaction, stress, motivation, trust, and learning.

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To counter the effects of a bad product, effective management of OB can help make the product get better, incrementally, over the long term.

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According to the resource-based view of organizations, a firm's resources include resources related to organizational behavior, such as the knowledge, ability, and wisdom of the workforce.

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Resources like culture, teamwork, trust, and reputation are termed "socially complex" because it is not always clear which organizations do (and do not) possess them, although it is clear how they came to develop.

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Firms that undergo an IPO typically have shorter histories and need an infusion of cash to grow or introduce some new technology.

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OB research suggests that there are several OB practices that each can increase profitability; that is, they serve as "magic bullets" for organizations.

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The integrative model of OB was designed with the Rule of One-Eighth in mind.

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Theory is defined as a collection of assertions-both verbal and symbolic-that specify how and why variables are related, as well as the conditions in which they should (and should not) be related.

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A correlation describes the statistical relationship between three variables.

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A useful way to understand correlation between two variables is to look at a scatterplot.

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The strength of a correlation can be inferred from the "compactness" of its scatterplot.

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Understanding correlation is important because OB questions are "yes or no" in nature.

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Causal inferences means establishing that one variable really does cause another.

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Authority-based management argues that scientific findings should form the foundation for management education.

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________ is a field of study devoted to understanding, explaining, and ultimately improving the attitudes and behaviors of individuals and groups in organizations.

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Organizational behavior
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Strategic management
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Economic research
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Resource management
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