Organizational Behavior: The State of the Science

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CHAPTER 9
THE ROLE OF ORGANIZATIONAL BEHAVIOR IN THE BUSINESS SCHOOL CURRICULUM

Milton R. Blood American Assembly of Collegiate Schools of Business


INTRODUCTION

This chapter advances a particular view of the field of organizational behavior (OB) as it exists in business school curricula. Where are we? How did we get here? Where can we go from here? This chapter represents my experiences and opinions.1 Readers should be warned at the outset that I will not create an objective history, nor will I try to predict an inevitable future. I will present (a) a personal construction of the activities and dynamics that brought us to the present state of OB, (b) my personal view of the field as it currently exists, and (c) my suggestions for how we can create our future. Other perspectives are possible and supportable. Comparison of a variety of perspectives, on the future of OB, is likely to be healthy for the field. If this chapter generates comparative viewpoints, it will have served a positive function beyond its primary intent to present a view of the curricular role of OB.

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The author brings a variety of perspectives to bear on the topic, formerly having served as a faculty member and administrator in a management college and currently serving in a management role with the national organization for business schools, the American Assembly of Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). The opinions expressed in this chapter are solely those of the author and do not represent an official or unofficial position of AACSB. I gratefully acknowledge the challenging and clarifying comments provided to earlier drafts of this chapter by Roger Atherton, Jeanne Brett, Edward Conlon, André Delbecq, and James Terborg; they are not responsible for any of the chapter's shortcomings.

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