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Organizational Behavior : The Threats and The Chances

Updated on August 15, 2012


There are certain factors which can prove to be challenges for the managers running an organization. If managed well it is these challenges which turn into opportunities. With increasing competition in the global market and the continuous nature of change OB as a subject needs to incorporate and terminate many concepts on a regular basis.


Certain factors which affect both the managers and the study of OB are:


1. Globalization


It can have its effect in two ways:


· An expatriate manager has to manage a workforce that is likely to have very different needs, aspirations and desires from the ones in their home countries.


· They have to understand the local culture if the people and accordingly learn to adapt their management style to these differences.


Managers need to be sensitive to understand individual differences among people and exhibit a degree of tolerance.

2. Managing Workforce Diversity


Workforce diversity is the heterogeneous mix of employees in terms of gender, race, ethnicity, religion, community, age, handicapped etc.



Managers have to be more personalized rather than being generalized. This means that they should recognize the individual differences and should treat everyone equally, without discriminating.



Ineffective management of such diverse work groups will give high turnover but low production and increased interpersonal conflicts.




3. Stimulating Innovation and change:


Organizations must be capable in implementing innovation and change to go well with the competition.


The major challenge for the managers is to stimulate employee creativity and tolerance for change.


4. Improving Ethical Behavior


There are numerous unethical practices found in organizations:


· Treating employees unequally


· Giving unequal pay for equal work


· Discrimination


· Producing products that are not eco-friendly


· Openly targeting their competitors and customers


· Forced selling


Managers must evolve a code of ethics to guide the employees.


Seminars, training programs and workshops regarding unethical and ethical behavior should be organized.




OB is a tool managers use to understand their work effectively. It guides them through the difficult tasks of managing a large and diverse work group where there unique needs and interests. Overcoming the challenges and converting them into opportunities for maximum profit of the organization is their chief goal.OB is a tool managers use to understand their work effectively. It guides them through the difficult tasks of managing a large and diverse work group where there unique needs and interests. Overcoming the challenges and converting them into opportunities for maximum profit of the organization is their chief goal.


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    • rahul0324 profile imageAUTHOR

      Jessee R 

      6 years ago from Gurgaon, India

      Sometimes... people get you wrong or take you wrong... This leads to many people changing themselves in order to please others.

      Those who stand and stick by their principles move to greater heights....

      Thanks for the Visit Lika

    • rahul0324 profile imageAUTHOR

      Jessee R 

      6 years ago from Gurgaon, India

      You are right sister. Every enterprise is profit centralized....

      Thanks for the visit... We certainly need to work for ourselves.... in the long term the profit will take care of itself :)

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      LikaMarie 

      6 years ago

      I am good at coming to grips with change, it's the only constant, so I may as well embrace the new mixing with the old, and at times, over-shaddowing or covering it up.

      On the other hand, I've been called "not ethical" because of my bold opinions that I am not afraid to speak on. But I feel that by suppressing my thoughts is not being honest, and for me to make the necessary changes, I must be true, and express my opinions, no matter how unpopular, or popular.

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      Shauna L Bowling 

      6 years ago from Central Florida

      Nice hub my brother. Unfortunately, I think you hit the nail on the head with your last line. ..."maximum profit of the organization is their chief goal". That's the bottom line. The employees' needs are not a priority, although it's the employees who make any thriving business thrive. All the more reason to work for yourself, huh?

    • rahul0324 profile imageAUTHOR

      Jessee R 

      6 years ago from Gurgaon, India

      Thank you so much Jackie.... we all have such classes in college or at school... but seldom do we implore on executing what we are taught... don't you think ?

      Thank you for stopping by my friend

    • rahul0324 profile imageAUTHOR

      Jessee R 

      6 years ago from Gurgaon, India

      Hello Mother.... Ethical Behavior I believe is a major concern for the modern professional world... unethical practices strive in plenty and should be checked....

      Lord and Mike are more prolific writers than me.... :)

      Thank you so much mother

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      Jackie Lynnley 

      6 years ago from The Beautiful South

      This really is important. I had a class on this in college and a lot can be covered in this. Very good write. Well done.

    • Deborah Brooks profile image

      Deborah Brooks Langford 

      6 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      My son... I am so proud of you..this is awesome.. I believe everyone should Improved Ethical Behavior.. we all can improve in all you talk about..after reading yours and Lord De cross and CloudExplorer I really want to go back to school..

      Hugs and blessings

      Mom

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