Organizational Behavior in the Nfl

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Organizational Behavior in the National Football League Katie Johnston MT3250 Organizational Behavior Dr. Carl Proehl February 4, 2013 Abstract This paper will explore how people within the National Football League (NFL) interact with each other to reach their goals as a team, and an organization as a whole. Sports teams are defined as two or more individuals who possess a common identity, have common goals and objectives, share a common fate, exhibit structured patterns of interaction and modes of communication, hold common perceptions about group structure, are personally and instrumentally interdependent, reciprocate interpersonal attraction and consider themselves to be a group (Group Dynamics, 2004). There are many people…show more content…
There are a series of periods that teams go through in making their decisions. The first is the preparation period, where the coaches and players anticipate the actions the opponents intend to perform and the probability of the actions. This early stage process is the one where video observation is used, studying the opponent’s strengths, weaknesses, and styles of play. The next decision regards how the team (A) should react, or respond, to the actions of the opposing team (B). Timing and quality must be a factor into team A’s next move. If the opposing team (B) changes their plan of action that was anticipated by team A, quick modifications must be made to ensure a successful retaliation. The success of decision making within a team depends on different mechanisms operating simultaneously and in mutual interaction (Decision Making in Sport, 2004). Let’s look more in depth at the visual aspect of decision making. Visual information is critical for any team. The visual (spatial) learning system is when a person (i.e. athlete) prefers learning through images, colors, pictures and maps to gather information. Cueing and priming are key features in the sport realm that are integral in visual attention (Decision Making in Sports, 2004). When an athlete is confident of their opponent’s next move, their
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