Why is it important to study organizational behavior?
What special challenges does managing behavior on a global scale pose for organizations?
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THE VALUE OF OB TO MY JOB AND CAREER MAJOR QUESTION How can I use knowledge of OB to enhance my job performance and career? THE BIGGER PICTURE Are you uncertain about the value of organizational behavior (OB) and how it fits into your curriculum, or even into your professional life? Use that uncertainty to judge how well this section makes the case for the value of OB. You’ll see how OB knowledge and tools can enhance your personal job performance and career success. Look for the differences between what it takes to get hired versus promoted, and the importance of building your human and social capital. All of these topics affect your future. The term organizational behavior (OB) describes an interdisciplinary field dedicated to understanding and managing people at work. This includes self-management. OB draws on research and practice from many disciplines to deal with how people behave at work, including: • Anthropology • Economics • Ethics • Management • Organizational Theory • Political Science • Psychology • Sociology • Statistics • Vocational Counseling As you can see, OB is very much an applied discipline that draws from many sources; its value depends on its usefulness to your job and career. In that spirit, we wrote this book to make the material as applied and useful for you as possible. Let’s begin by looking at how OB compares to your other courses and explain the contingency perspective, which is the fundamental premise of contemporary OB. How OB Fits into My Curriculum and Future Success Consider how OB fits in with other courses in your curriculum. Organizational behavior is an academic designation focused on understanding and managing people at work. This includes managing yourself, as well as others, up, down, and sideways. But unlike jobs associated with functional disciplines (like accounting, marketing, and finance), you will not get a job in OB. So then, what is the benefit to learning about and applying OB? The answer is that the effective application of OB is critical for your success in all fields and across disciplines. As you’ll learn, technical knowledge associated with any given job is important, but what makes the difference is your ability to influence, get along with, and manage others. People skills! Applying OB knowledge and tools gives you job opportunities, sets you apart from your peers and competition, and contributes to your success. And an important part of your success is your ability to know which tools to use and under what circumstances. This is described as a contingency approach to managing people and is the foundation of contemporary OB.