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Major Theories of Organizational Behavior (OB)

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.

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1. 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.

Organizational Behavior (OB) is the study and application of knowledge about how people, individuals, and groups act in organizations. It does this by taking a system approach. That is, it interprets people-organization relationships in terms of the whole person, whole group, whole organization, and whole social system. Its purpose is to build better relationships by achieving human objectives, organizational objectives, and social objectives.

There are several theories of organizational behavior (OB).

1. Elton Mayo: Motivation Theory

Mayo found that workplaces are social environments, and employees are motivated by more than economic self-interest e.g., joking, talking to each other, etc. This can be applied in the workplace by having social or team meetings, for example. It also suggests how important a positive work environment is to the employee's work motivation (http://www.accel-team.com/motivation/hawthorne_03.html).

2. Abraham Maslow: Hierarchy of Needs

Abraham Maslow: Hierarchy of Needs Model (2 pages)-
- http://www.accel-team.com/maslow_/maslow_nds_02.html
- http://www.accel-team.com/maslow_/maslow_nds_03.html

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By example and research, this solution illustrates 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. This solution is approximately 700 words plus references.

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