Occupational Behavior

Organizational behavior (OB) is “the study of human behavior in organizational settings, the interface between human behavior and the organization, and the organization itself”. OB research includes the study of (a) individuals in organizations (micro-level), (b) work groups (meso-level), and (c) how organizations behave (macro-level).

One of the main goals of organizational behavior is “to revitalize organizational theory and develop a better conceptualization of organizational life”.

Research methods:

  • Quantitative statistical
  • Computer simulation 
  • Qualitative research methods range from content analysis of interviews or written material and narratives of observations.

Organizational culture…

  • … reflects the values and behaviors that are observed that can be characterized by cultural dimensions such as beliefs, values, rituals, symbols, and so forth. . Edgar Schein developed a model for understanding organizational culture: (a) artifacts and behaviors, (b) espoused values, and (c) shared basic assumptions. 

Systems theory

The systems framework is fundamental to organizational theory. Organizations are complex, goal-oriented entities. Alexander Bogdanov, developed tectology, a theory widely considered a precursor of Bertalanffy‘s general systems theory was to model human organizations. Kurt Lewin developed a systems perspective with regard to organizations coined term “systems of ideology,”. Niklas Luhmann,  developed a sociological systems theory.

Former CIA Officer Will Teach You How to Spot a Lie

Learn how to tell when someone is lying. Really. As a former CIA Officer with more than 20 years of experience in interviewing, interrogation and polygraph examination, Susan has seen her share of truth avoiders. She has, in fact, developed behavioral screening programs that are used by the federal government. Learning her methodologies in spotting deception.
Speaker: Susan Carnicero, Author of Spy the Lie and founding partner, Qverity

Carol Kinsey Goman: How to Spot Liars at Work and How to Deal with Them

Stanford Graduate School of Business

Published on Jun 11, 2013

Why do people tell lies in the workplace? Carol Kinsey Goman explains why people tell lies, how to spot the non-verbal cues of a liar, and strategies for dealing with liars. The Mastery in Communication Initiative at the Stanford Graduate School of Business hosted Goman for a lecture on her book “The Truth About Lies in the Workplace: How to Spot Liars and How to Deal with Them.” Carol Kinsey Goman, Ph.D., is an international keynote speaker, specializing in leadership and nonverbal communication. She is the author of “The Silent Language of Leaders: How Body Language Can Help — or Hurt — How You Lead.” and “The Truth About Lies in the Workplace: How to Spot Liars and How to Deal with Them.”