Organizational Behavior Terminology and Concepts Paper

Essay by kelkinseyCollege, UndergraduateA+, January 2009

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Learning to manage any organization successfully can be difficult, but without learning the essentials of behavior within any organization, it is almost impossible. Learning to understand people's behavior within an organization would allow any person in a management position to increase their understanding of his or her workers, their company, and making both work together effectively. There are many key concepts and terms related to organizational behavior and each are much more complicated than they seem. They include organizational behavior, organizational culture, diversity, communication, organizational effectiveness and efficiency, and organizational learning.

Organizational behavior is "the study of human behavior in organizations. It is a multidisciplinary field devoted to understanding individual and group behavior, interpersonal processes, and organizational dynamics" (Schermerhorn, Hunt & Osborn, 2005, p. 3). If a person can understand organizational behavior and the interconnectedness between the workers, the company, the product, and the consumer then his or her company will be more successful.

However, organizational behavior is a complicated mixture of concepts and as such has many parts that require their own interpretation.

One of those concepts is organizational culture. Organizational culture "is the shared beliefs and values that influence the behavior of organizational members" (Schermerhorn, Hunt & Osborn, 2005, p. 9). Organizational culture is essentially the environment of the workplace, and it depends on the behaviors, beliefs, and rules of the company and its workers as a whole. Any organization consists of more than one individual and each individual places his or her mark on that atmosphere. The environment in which any person works consists of a variety of people beliefs and behaviors. Depending on the type of people they are it can affect not only job satisfaction but also performance. Organizational culture is the key to a successful employee so long as it remains positive, supportive, and...