What is Organisational Behaviour?

Organisational Behaviour has a few different definitions, depending on where you look. For this reason I have decided to add a couple of these definitions to the page, as this will give us all a better look at what Organisational Behaviour actually is.

The systematic study of formal organizations and of what people think, feel and do in and around organizations.

Bratton et al (2010)

An interdisciplinary body of knowledge and field of research, concerned with how formal organizations, behaviour of people within organizations, and saliet features of their context and environment, evolve and take shape, why all these things happen the way they do, and what purposes they serve.

Buchanon and Huczynski (2010)

When looking at definitions for organisational behaviour, we should also really look at the definition of organisation, as this will give us a better understanding of the above, so, what is the definition to organisation?

Definition of Organisation

Work organization:  a deliberately formed social group in which people, technology and resources are deliberately coordinated through formalized roles and relationships to achieve a division of labour designed to attain a specific set of objectives efficiently.

Bratton et al (2010)

Organization:  a social arrangement for achieving controlled performance in pursuit of collective goals.

Buchanon and Huczynski (2010)

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