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    Discuss ways the major theories of organizational behavior (OB) can help, or have helped, guide the way for managers in the complex and changing global business environment. Use actual examples of times when OB concepts would be, or have been, useful. Outline the major theories of organizations.

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    Thank you for posting today. It is my goal to provide ideas, definitions, research help, and instructions on how you, the student, should approach the assignment.

    I think it will be most beneficial to approach this by explaining the basic theories involved: Both in regards to Decision-Making, and Organizatational Structure/Dynamics. Afterwards I will provide some commentary on times when you could apply these and provide further resources for research.

    Mintzberg Model:

    "Mutual adjustment,which achieves coordination by the simple process of informal communication (as between two operating employees)

    Direct supervision, is achieved by having one person issue orders or instructions to several others whose work interrelates (as when a boss tells others what is to be done, one step at a time)

    Standardization of work processes, which achieves coordination by specifying the work processes of people carrying out interrelated tasks (those standards usually being developed in the technostructure to be carried out in the operating core, as in the case of the work instructions that come out of time-and-motion studies)

    Standardization of outputs, which achieves coordination by specifying the results of different work (again usually developed in the technostructure, as in a financial plan that specifies subunit performance targets or specifications that outline the dimensions of a product to be produced)

    Standardization of skills (as well as knowledge), in which different work is coordinated by virtue of the related training the workers have received (as in medical specialists - say a surgeon and an anesthetist in an operating room -responding almost automatically to each other's standardized procedures)

    Standardization of norms, in which it is the norms infusing the work that are controlled, usually for the entire organization, so that everyone functions according to the same set of beliefs (as in a religious order)"
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mintzberg%27s_managerial_roles#Theory_on_Organizational_Forms)

    Rational Decision-Making Method

    "Rational decision-making or planning follows a series of steps detailed below:

    Verify, Define, and Detail the problem
    Verifying, defining & detailing the problem (problem definition, goal definition, information gathering). This step includes ...

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