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Week 2 : Approach to Organization and Management


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Learning Outcome

By the end of this topic, you should be able to:

  • Critically discuss the relation between organization behavior and management.
  • Identify why organization behavior is important for the success on the organization.
  • Point out some scopes where OB can bring greater achievements for organizations

Introduction:

A central part of the study of organisation and management is the development of management thinking and what might be termed management theory. The application of theory brings about change in actual behaviour. Managers reading the work of leading writers on the subject might see in their ideas and conclusions a message about how they should behave. This will influence their attitudes towards management practice.

The study of management theory is important for the following reasons:

  • It helps to view the interrelationships between the development of theory, behaviour in organisations and management practice.
  • An understanding of the development of management thinking helps in understanding principles underlying the process of management.
  • Knowledge of the history helps in understanding the nature of management and organisational behaviour and reasons for the attention given to main topic areas.
  • Many of the earlier ideas are of continuing importance to the manager and later ideas on management tend to incorporate earlier ideas and conclusions.
  • Management    theories    are    interpretive    and    evolve    in    line    with changes in the organisational environment.