Cognitive Processes, Theories and Concepts in Organizational Behavior

In psychology there is a group that focuses on cognitive processes to explain behavior.

In the organization behavior literature also cognitive processes, theories and concepts are used to develop theories regarding behavior of persons in organizations.

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In psychology there is a group that focuses on cognitive processes to explain behavior. There is another group that focuses on environmental events and observed behavior without bringing the unobservable mental processes into the theory building.

Cognitive psychology is sufficiently popular today and many psychologists use concepts of cognitive psychology in their every day use of psychology.

In the organization behavior literature also cognitive processes, theories and concepts are used to develop theories regarding behavior of persons in organizations.

Fred Luthans devoted a section with the title "Cognitive Processes of Organizational Behavior" to discuss cognitive processes. The chapters included in this section are (in 8th edition):

6. Perception and Attribution
7. Personality and Attitudes
8. Motivational Needs and Processes
9. Positive Psychology Approach to OB: Optimism, Emotional Intelligence, and Self Efficacy.

Luthans used the framework of Social Cognitive Theory for developing the text book. Organization behavior has environment, organization, individuals, groups, managers/leaders and tasks as important components that explain the behavior of people in the organization to accomplish the mission of the organization.

The concepts related to cognitive theories and processes are listed below and they are covered in more detail in various articles and links are attached.


Perception

Sensation
Perceptual Selectivity
Perceptual Organization
Social Perception



Attribution


Locus of Control






Personality


Self-Esteem

The Big Five Personality Traits

Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI)



Attitudes


Components of Attitudes

Functions of Attitudes

Barriers to Changing Attitudes

Job Satisfaction

Organizational Commitment

Organizational Citizenship Behavior



Motivation


Motives

Content Theories of Work Motivation

Process Theories of Work Motivation



Positive Psychology


Optimism

Happiness or Subjective Well-Being (SWB)

Resiliency

Emotional Intelligence

Self Efficacy


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