Management Course: Discussion Topic

The first week of this course you will learn and define organizational behavior. Next, you will compare and contrast the four different views of organizational effectiveness. You will further learn the historical perspective of organizational behavior. You will learn how important understanding organizational behavior is for us to lead and manage individuals.

Answer the following discussion question: A friend suggests that organizational behavior courses are useful only to people who will enter management careers. Discuss the accuracy of your friend’s statement by utilizing research that you have gathered from at least 2 sources other than your text. Finally, be sure to cite your sources in APA formatting.

A detailed and thoughtful response to the topic is required (minimum of 500 words). RUBRIC IS ATTACHED BELOW.

Additionally, emphasis is placed on your ability to conduct and synthesize scholarly research.

Your posts should be professional in content and follow the APA standards.Be sure to city your sources in APA formatting.


While organizational behavior courses are of great benefit to potential managers, the information gained in these courses can help anyone in the work force to do better at their jobs. All employees need to be able to get along with coworkers and to manage themselves when management or superiors are not around (McShane, 2013). In many situations, the management team will try to over-manage employees and this can lead to lower employee morale and discontent. This management style also eats up a lot of management’s time that could be spent on more important projects (Ressler, n.d.). The study of organizational behavior courses can enable employees to manage themselves and prove to management that there is no need to control everything that happens.

No matter what level an employee is at in a company or in what department he or she works, there will be need for interaction with other members of the company. Most people will work in teams on a regular basis and it is important to have the skills to work effectively within those teams. At my work, I share my responsibilities with three other members of my department and if there is poor communication or lack of respect between us, the work will suffer. Organizational behavior teaches employees how to work with other people and to understand the differences between them. In order for a company to be truly effective and efficient, there needs to be solid workflow and outstanding communication between every level of employees.

Another reason that everyone should study organizational behavior is that people who do not plan on becoming a manager or leader may end up being placed in that role. In smaller companies especially, those who work hard and show leadership qualities may be promoted to the manager of their department. If that person has taken a course on this subject, there is a much higher likelihood that the job will be performed well and the person will be able to handle those responsibilities well. Taking the course may even have given the employee the knowledge and understanding to be viable for the position. The workplace can be very unpredictable and it is good to be prepared for all types of situations and possibilities.

Even if a person may not be up for a management position, leadership roles can emerge in other places such as in small groups. Managers may not be the true leader of a small group if another member of the team has a specific talent that enables them to take the leadership position (Williams, 2012). This person needs to be able to effectively lead and to understand how the other members of the group will think, feel, and do. It is also necessary for this person to be able to handle any managers or other executives who may be in the meeting as conflict may arise over leadership of the group (Williams, 2012).

Managers need to take these types of courses and the knowledge gained is vital to their roles. However, other members of an organization can benefit from organizational behavior courses as well simply because no one will every work completely alone. Employees need to learn how to work in teams, how to understand why managers make the decisions they do, and be prepared for any job opportunities that may arise.

McShane, S. L., & Glinow, M. A. (2013). Organizational behavior: emerging knowledge, global reality (6th ed.). New York: McGraw-Hill Irwin.

Ressler, C. & Thompson, J. (n.d.). How to get employees to manage themselves. Change This. Retrieved from

Williams, D. (2012, July 5). No more managers. Everyone leads. Forbes. Retrieved from

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