Organizational Behavior Notes ( UNIVERSITY OF MELBOURNE)

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Organization= social system, trying to achieve a common goal. Modern organization differs from previous organizations in human history because they are employees not slaves. "nominally" free to enter and exit an orgLevels of analysis in OBOrganizational process- e.g. culture and powerGroup processes- e.g. conflict and leadership Individual differences- work attitudes and motivation Natural level of experience with the organization is with a group. Social structure Not always aligned with org. structure "social network analysis"Jacob Moreno 1930s proposed that we should study society in terms of ties between peopleStudied a prison for juvenile offenders, with a huge problem for runaways. He showed the most likely thing to predict behavior was who the runaway associated with. J.A. Barnes 1950s coins the termComplex organizations can be thoight fo as an aggregation of much smaller groupings. Studying these groups can reveal important information about how the way problems are solved, organizations are run, and how individuals pursue their goals It can tell us how influential someone is in their social network by studying the following:How well connected they are (quantity)How well connected they are (quality)Their position in the network (e.g., central/ peripheral) Their role in the network (formal/informal)Often these relationships cut across formal networks and can be used to get things done How they use the network to get things doneHow they use th

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