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Is it important for Business and Management students to study organisational behaviour? Why? Give reasons and examples to support your position

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Is it important for Business and Management students to study organisational behaviour? Why? Give reasons and examples to support your position An organisation is 'a consciously coordinated social unit, composed of a group of people, which functions on a relatively continuous basis to achieve a common goal or set of goals.' Organisational behaviour is 'a field of study that investigates the impact that individuals, groups and structure have on behaviour within organisations, for the purpose of applying such knowledge toward improving an organisation's effectiveness.' The aim of studying organisational behaviour is to understand why people work in certain ways and then working out how to use this knowledge to improve the use of resources. Business and Management students need to study organisational behaviour because they will be a part of organisations in their careers. They need to know how people behave in organisations and how they can cope with them when they work. People have different needs and different goals. They need to learn how to work together and be in a team. Managers want employees now to work in teams because groups can work faster and make quick decisions rather than an individual making a decision and then explaining it to everyone. ...read more.


Participative Management and communication would allow employees to get involved in decisions and make them feel less powerless. Relaxation/ social possibilities and support would allow employees to make strong relationships and discuss topics such as stress. It is important for Business and Management students to learn about stress in organisations as they can find out how to cope with it and how to avoid stress at work. Stress is a major factor in organisations because it can affect the behaviour of the workers and managers greatly if it is not treated early. Consequences of stress at work can be absenteeism and staff turnover which increases the costs for an organisation (e.g. covering vacancies). This would result in missed deadlines, low productivity and a drop in staff morale. Motivation is another important factor in the study of organisational behaviour. This can help workers achieve the goals of the organisation. Motivation is 'the extent to which persistent effort is directed towards a goal.' There are theories of motivation to shape employees' behaviour and continue that behaviour. Content theories are motivation theories which assume all workers are motivated by a set of basic needs. The first content theory is Maslow's hierarchy of needs theory. ...read more.


4. Feedback which provides information on the results of past performance which is necessary for effective goal achievement. Goal-setting is seen more as a motivational technique which relies on these four propositions to explain and predict work behaviour. Workers need to be constantly motivated to meet the demands of the organisation. This depends on the effectiveness and efficiency of the employees. If they are not motivated, it can lead to low self-esteem and low confidence which will result in consequences for the business. Business and management students need to study about organisational behaviour because they will be working in different organisations which will have different methods and different policies of how they run their business and treat their employees. Students need to know what affects the behaviour in organisations and how it can be changed and sustained. They need to know how to cope with the demands of an organisation so they can comfortably work in their job positions. They need to know how to effectively work in teams and communicate as working in groups can improve efficiency in the organisation. Students will learn more about themselves and what their needs and requirements are and they will learn how to communicate effectively with others in an organisation. Reference List (2009-2010) Lecture Slide Notes Huczynski, A & Buchanan, Organizational Behaviour: sixth edition www.busi.mun.ca/jaya/2301/OB1F03.ppt http://www.helium.com/items/82955-organizational-behavior-and-motivation-psychological-and-sociological-insights http://www.encompassculture.com/readinggroups/teachingmanagement/organisationalbehaviour/ ...read more.

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