Chapter 1 ....Introduction to Organizational Behavior

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>part I:
Chapter 1 ....Introduction to Organizational Behavior

Introduction

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Introduction to Organizational Behavior

After reading this chapter, you should be able to

• Define organizational behavior and give three reasons for studying this subject.

• Discuss the potential benefits and challenges of an increasingly diverse workforce.

Google has leveraged the power of organizational behavior to attract talented employees who want to make a difference in the Internet world.

• Identify two ways that employers attempt to increase workforce flexibility.

• Explain why values have gained importance in organizations. • Define corporate social responsibility and argue for or against its application in
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In this chapter, we introduce you to the field of organizational behavior, outline the main reasons you should know more about it, highlight some of the trends influencing the study of organizational behavior, describe the anchors supporting the study of organizations, and introduce the concept that organizations are knowledge and learning systems.

>The Field of Organizational Behavior
Organizational behavior (OB) is the study of what people think, feel, and do in and around organizations. OB researchers systematically study individual, team, and organizationallevel characteristics that influence behavior within work settings. By saying that organizational behavior is a field of study, we mean that OB experts have been accumulating a distinct knowledge about behavior within organizations—a knowledge base that is the foundation of this book. organizational behavior (OB) The study of what people think, feel, and do in and around organizations.

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organizations Groups of people who work interdependently toward some purpose.

OB emerged as a distinct field around the 1940s, although people have been studying organizations for centuries.2 Organizations are groups of people who work interdependently toward some purpose.3 Organizations are not buildings or
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