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Organizational BehaviourMay 2July 29 2011Prof Bruce La RochelleADM 2336XrdMay 3 2011Chapter 1 ReadingsOrganizations are social inventions for accomplishing common goals through group effortThe field of organizational behaviour is about understanding people and managing them to work effectivelyThe field of organizational behaviour is concerned with how organizations can survive and adapt to changeoBe motivated to join and remain in the organizationoCarry out their basic work reliablyoWilling to continuously learn and upgrade their skillsoBe flexible and innovativeThe field of organizational behaviour is concerned with how to get people to practise effective teamworkOrganizational behaviour refers to the attitude and behaviours of individuals and groups in organizationsManagement the art of getting things accomplished in organizations through othersClassical Viewpoint An early prescription on management that advocated high specialization of labour intensive coordination and centralized decision makingScientific Management Fredreck Taylors system for using research to determine the optimum degree of specialization and standardization of work tasksBureaucracy Max Webers ideal type of organization that included a strict chain of command detailed rules high specialization centralized power and selection and promotion based on technical competenceHawthorne Studies Research conducted at the Hawthorne plant of Western Electric near Chicago in the 1920s and 30s that illustrated how psychological and social processes affect productivity and work adjustmentHuman relations movement a critique of classical management and bureaucracy that advocated management styles that were more participative and oriented toward employee needsContingency Approach an approach to management that recognized that there is no one best way to manage and that an appropriate management style depends on the demands of the situationTalent Management An organizations processes for attracting developing retaining and utilizing people with the required skills to meet current and future business needsCorporate social responsibility An organization taking responsibility for the impact of its decisions and actions on its stakeholdersMay 10 2011
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