Essay on Organizational Behavior

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Organizational Behavior Terminology and Concepts April 2, 2005 Organizational behavior encompasses a wide range of topics, such as human behavior, change, leadership, and teams. Organizational Behavior is the study and application of knowledge about how people, individuals, and groups act in organizations. It interprets people-organization relationships in terms of the whole person, group, organization, and social system. Its purpose is to build better relationships by achieving individual, organizational, and social objectives. An organization’s base rests on management’s philosophy, values, vision and goals. This in turn drives the organizational culture which is composed of the formal, informal and the…show more content…
Corporate culture, such as Caesars Entertainment can be viewed as a system. Input may include feedback from society, professionals, laws, values on competition or service, etc. The process is based on our assumptions, values and norms like our values on money, time, facilities, space and people. Outputs of our culture can be organizational behaviors, technologies, strategies, image, products, services and appearance. There are different types of cultures just as there are different personalities. Researcher Jeffrey Sonnenfeld identified the following four types of cultures within most organizations (2004): •     Academy Culture – Employees are highly skilled and tend to stay in the organization, while working their way up the ranks. The organization provides a stable environment in which employees can develop and exercise their skills. Examples might be universities, hospitals, and large corporations (like Caesars Entertainment). •     Baseball Team Culture – Employees are “free agents” who have highly prized skills. They are in high demand and can rather easily get jobs elsewhere. This type of culture exists in fast-paced, high-risk organizations, such as investment banking, advertising, etc. •     Club Culture – The most important requirement for employees in this culture is to fit into the group. Usually employees start at the bottom and stay with the organization. The

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