Organizational Behavior

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This essay will discuss the concepts and terminology associated with organizational behavior. It will describe the observable aspects of organizational culture, organizational behavior, diversity, and communication.

Organizational culture is the system of shared actions, values, and beliefs that develop within an organization and guides the behavior of its members (Schermerhorn, Hunt, & Osborn, 2008). (i.e., organizational culture is a set of behaviors and morals characteristic to a specific group). Observable aspects of organizational culture include behavior, beliefs, traditions, etc. "Organizations with "strong cultures" operate with a clear vision of the future that is supported by well-developed and well-communicated beliefs and values" (Schermerhorn, Hunt, & Osborn, 2008, p. 1). The "strong cultured" organization, with lasting traditions, is not likely to alter much when one or more people are added to the environment. An organization performs best when its employees have high-quality morals and beliefs. People enter organizations with certain intact characteristics that will influence their behavior at work (Robbins & Judge, 2009).

One duty of a manager is to perceive the employees' satisfaction within the workplace to maintain valuable employees and uphold a productive environment.

Organizational behavior is a field of study that investigates the influence that individuals, groups, and structure have on behavior within an organization, and it applies that knowledge to make organizations work more effectively (Robbins & Judge, 2009). Organizational behavior ("OB") centers its research on how employees perform and what employees achieve in an organization, and how the achievements and performance affect the productivity of the organization. A strategy of OB is to increase productivity by enhancing job satisfaction. An example of enhancement of job satisfaction is what has taken place at Microsoft Corporation. "Contemporary art is displayed at Microsoft's corporate campus for employees' enjoyment. Other benefits, such as valet parking, dry-cleaning...