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The 30 Day MBA, 4th Edition by Colin Barrow

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Organizational behaviour

  • Structural options
  • Line and staff relationships
  • Building and leading teams
  • Understanding motivation
  • Managing people effectively
  • Directors’ roles
  • Handling change

Organizational behaviour, usually shortened to OB, is the whole rather amorphous area that deals with people, why they behave the way they do and how to create and manage an organization that can achieve the goals set for the business. As one cynical CEO summarized the task: ‘to get people to do what I want them to do because they want to do it’.

Harvard Business School, perhaps the preeminent proponent of the subject, describes OB as being ‘knowledge that advances the understanding of how to lead and manage with the aim of increasing personal and organizational ...

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