Managing Organizational Behavior

Managing Organizational Behavior

Managing Organizational Behavior

Managing Organizational Behavior

Synopsis

An ability to feel comfortable with ambiguity, with constant and increasingly demanding change, with a new, unique commitment to teams and teamwork, and with a willingness to stay customer-oriented: Sims sees these as the prime requisites for success in management today. Marshalling evidence from academic research and practical experience, Sims shows how researchers continue to redefine the roles and responsbilities of executives and their reports. His book provides not only the reasons why the new organization is what it is, but how to cope with it and succeed in it. A must-read for supervisors, managers, executives, and recent graduates who are ready to take their own places in the new world of business.

Excerpt

This book brings together much of the extensive knowledge about managing people’s behavior in organizations. Such information will help you better understand the behavior of others as well as your own. The understanding you gain from this book will help you better meet the ultimate challenge: managing organizational behavior.

WHAT IS AN ORGANIZATION?

An organization is a system of two or more people, engaged in cooperative action, trying to reach an agreed-upon purpose. Organizations are bound-bed systems of structured social interactions featuring the use of incentives, communication systems, and authority relations. Examples of organizations include retail stores, universities, businesses, and hospitals.

Whether we want to be or not, we are all part of organizations. In your daily activities you move from one organization to another. You may deal with a government agency, go to work, or shop at a store. Understanding organizations and their management can give us significant insights into systems that have major effects on us all.

WHAT IS ORGANIZATIONAL BEHAVIOR?

We define organizational behavior as the actions and attitudes of people in organizations. The field of organizational behavior (OB) is the body of knowledge derived from the study of these actions and attitudes. Organi-

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