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Introduction to OB

  1. 2. Organisational Behaviour Dr. Joe O’Mahoney 2007
  2. 3. Challenge your assumptions….. <ul><li>Should your personal life be irrelevant to your employer? </li></ul><ul><li>Should anyone be able to employ another person? </li></ul><ul><li>Should private company ownership be abolished? </li></ul><ul><li>Should you own what you produce? </li></ul><ul><li>Should you have to pay for lighting, fresh air and water at work? </li></ul><ul><li>Should you have to say prayers before and after work? </li></ul><ul><li>Should you have to bow to your employer? </li></ul><ul><li>Should you be forced to live in your workplace? </li></ul><ul><li>Should your employer be allowed to beat you or kill you? </li></ul><ul><li>Should work be done only by slaves? </li></ul>
  3. 4. 1. What is OB?
  4. 5. What is Organisational Behaviour? <ul><li>Why do people act the way they do in organisations? </li></ul>I was obeying orders? I wanted to? I am programmed to?
  5. 6. Differences and Commonalities <ul><li>The Church </li></ul>The State The Army Businesses
  6. 7. Commonalities <ul><li>They all have: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Aims (money, victory, control) = power </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Rules </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>People </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Decision makers </li></ul></ul><ul><li>They seek to control people </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Rules </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ideology </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Incentives </li></ul></ul><ul><li>..but people also resist </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Trade unions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Democracy? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Conscientious objectors </li></ul></ul>
  7. 8. Theories of Why People Do Stuff Fashions Culture (Hofstede) Religion (Weber) Economies (Marx) Evolution Machines Psychology
  8. 9. Critique: The need for control <ul><li>Individuals vs. organisations </li></ul><ul><li>Leaders vs. Environments </li></ul><ul><li>Management vs. Unions </li></ul><ul><li>Governments vs. Citizens </li></ul>                                                                                          
  9. 10. The Role of the Corporation <ul><li>Markets - e.g. Microsoft </li></ul><ul><li>Investors - e.g. Enron, Andersen, </li></ul><ul><li>Law – e.g. Limited Liability </li></ul><ul><li>Governments - Iraq, Chile, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Haiti </li></ul><ul><li>Politics – e.g. Clinton, Mozambique and Enron </li></ul>
  10. 11. How will we study it? <ul><li>Not trying to make you better managers </li></ul><ul><li>Understanding people, society and life </li></ul><ul><li>Critically: not accepting without question </li></ul><ul><li>Psychology, philosophy, politics, sociology </li></ul>
  11. 12. Topics <ul><li>Humans </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Machines? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Hearts? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Resistance? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Organisations </li></ul><ul><ul><li>- Control & Conflict </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>- Motivation vs. Stress </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>- Perception vs. culture </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Management </li></ul><ul><ul><li>- Leadership </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>- Decision Making </li></ul></ul>
  12. 13. Assignments and Support <ul><li>One 2,500 word assignment to be submitted at the end of the Autumn Semester </li></ul><ul><li>All lecture notes, readings, advice and assessment details to be put on Blackboard (use BB to ask questions) </li></ul><ul><li>Tutorials start in week 5: groups announced in week 4 </li></ul><ul><li>Issues regarding the course & tutorials: contact Annette </li></ul><ul><li>Issues regarding first term lectures: contact Joe </li></ul>
  13. 14. Interested? <ul><li>Read </li></ul><ul><ul><li>John Pilger </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Naomi Klein </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Joseph Stiglitz </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Watch </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The Yes Men </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The Corporation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The Smartest Guys in the Room </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Visit </li></ul><ul><ul><li>www.corpwatch.org </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>www.reclaimthemedia.org </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>www.amnesty.org </li></ul></ul>
  14. 15. Questions?

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