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

Authors Avatar

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. Business and Management students who want to become managers need to study organisational behaviour so they can gain strong interpersonal skills such as communication, problem solving and teamwork abilities. This results in a manager caring about their people. Managers can then predict how others will behave in a given situation. They can then find ways to respond to conflict and gain the respect of the members of their team by listening to them. Getting along with people is very important to success.

Stress can have a huge impact on individuals within an organisation if it is not dealt with. Hans Seyle said stress was ‘A stressful circumstance is one with which you cannot cope successfully and which results in unwanted physical, mental or emotional reactions’. It can be caused by many factors such as economic uncertainty, task demands, management style, work environment, role conflict, organisational leadership and life events.

Join now!

Economic uncertainty is when the individual is unsure whether they will get paid enough or not (e.g. effects of recession). Task demands are having too much workload to do in little time. Management style is the way management is run so there could be problems in management and there could be time pressures placed on employees. Work environment is the conditions of where an employee works so poor working environment could be bad lighting, noise or unsuitable equipment. This means the employee couldn’t work. Role conflict is conflicts within the job which could result in an employee being in the ...

This is a preview of the whole essay