Organizational behavior is an arbitrarily defined subject, distinguished from management and administrative theory for purposes of inquiry but not separated from them in either the study or practice of public administration. Public organizations (including non-governmental ones) are stressed. Also, contemporary networks and other variations on behavior contexts are examined. The study of behavior requires inquiry about individuals, groups, and organizations, with attention to their interrelationships and relations with society generally. The course draws on varied disciplines: philosophy, psychology, sociology, political science, biology, physiology, history, and anthropology, in particular. It also draws on such fields as law, medicine, engineering, and management. It ranges into religion, the arts, literature, and the full range of human endeavor and apathy.

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