Defining Organisational Behaviour

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“The study of the structure, functioning and performance of organisations, and the behaviour of groups and individuals within them” Derek Pugh’s (1971) This influential definition of organisational behaviour was by Derek Pugh in 1971. Human behaviour is the way people act and react to situations and circumstances, each individual is different, therefore it is essential for an organisation to study human behaviour in order to understand the workforce. By observing and understanding each individual the organisation would improve performance; organisational behaviour can be considered as the key area of management. Organisations study organisational behaviour within by; investigating individuals, social perception, attitudes and…show more content…
ID which represents Identity is our basic instinct; we have no control over this. An example would be when we are determined to win in competitions etc. Our ego has a negative impact on our behaviour due to the need to win at all costs. When people have made up their mind on a plan of action they may become aggressive, may even foul other opponents or resort to forms of cheating just to ‘win’. The super ego however looks upon what is considered acceptable behaviour therefore a form of social conscience. This last component in personality is present to control inappropriate behaviour such as aggression etc. Without this study of organisational behaviour there would be no sense of order. Freud’s theory categorises aspects which determine the way people act at work. A Person’s conscious has an impact on the way they behave and the decisions they make the reason it is important for organisations to be aware of how an employee will react to changes and decisions which may impact on his/her job, ethics and beliefs. In understanding employees better, organisations need to thoroughly study personality in order to recruit and maintain employees effectively by understanding the way they think, feel and react to any given situation. Organisations when recruiting ask questions that provide a better insight into candidates’ personalities in order to select the best candidate for the vacant job, this is very important in the recruiting process because if
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