Organizational Behavior Analysis
Instructor: Donnie Smith
27 August 2012
Organizational Behavior Analysis
Organizational behavior (OB) may be defined as the investigation of the behavioral factors that affect modern organizations and their management at the individual, group, and organization-wide levels (Baack, 2012). Throughout this class the different aspects that make up organizational behavior have been discussed to include studies, theories and how they (the behaviors) control or affect the business or organization. So, this paper will analyze the organizational behavior of the “U.S. Military” and then answer the required questions based on that analysis.
First the organizational behavior analysis must be understood so that it can serve as a planning tool for leadership and management. The organization behavior analysis basically shows how the people within the organization are working together within it. This can lay out whether the organization is living up to its purpose, responsibility, expectations or mission. Since the U.S. military is much more than a specific organization, this can be more than just one’s personal view and thus must be based on the ethics, rules and expectations of the leaders of the military. Type of Culture
What type of culture is the U.S. Military made up of? The type of culture for and organization will fall into or even a possibility of a mixture of one of the different organizational culture types: 1. Pluralism- is when smaller groups within a larger society maintain their unique or specific cultural identities, and their values and practices are accepted by the wider culture of the organization, provided they are consistent with the laws and values of that organization (Pluralism, 2012). 2. Dualism - is the system of two separate cultures, holding to their own beliefs and views with accord to the others. The Canadian society and constitution is considered dualism as it was settle by the French and the English and both are given equal Rights. 3. Salad Bowl – is a combination of many different cultures that are mixed together such as in a salad (e-notes, 2012). Even although these different cultures are thrown together they do not mix but stay separate within the culture of the whole organization. Based on the definitions of the different types of cultures, the culture within the U.S. military would have to be the “Salad Bowl” culture. Even although once you join the military and have the culture within as a soldier following the military’s set rules and ethics, you have many different cultures. You have the different Latino groups within the military from the Puerto Ricans, the Mexicans, the Cubans and many more. Each stay within their own cultural groups off duty and even within these groups you have sub-groups of cultures such as the New York Puerto Ricans who don’t hang out with the actual Islanders. You have the Floridian Cubans which consider themselves different from the northern Cubans within their own cultures. You have the “born and proud to be southern” culture, hard line religious cultures from Catholic to Muslim. There are the ones who consider themselves African American Blacks as well as Blacks who consider themselves African. All of these cultures are accepted within the military as long as no rights of other cultures are infringed or intimidated by your culture, and none of the activities based on your culture are illegal based on the laws of the military code of conduct. Communication
One of the most important tools within the military is considered communication. This communication is both verbal and written but the emphasis is put on verbal for daily activities. All leaders are taught communication skills from the different Schools they must attend within their enlistment. But today due to the considered high stress of the military in combat situations and high rates of...
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