Оrganizational behavior:
sociological perspective

Popova Е.P.

Cand. Sci. (Soc.), Assoc. Prof., National Research University “Higher School of Economics”, Moscow, Russia eppopova@hse.ru

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Popova Е.P. Оrganizational behavior: sociological perspective. Sotsiologicheskie issledovaniya [Sociological Studies]. 2016. No 7. P. 57-65


The article analyzes the state of organizational behavior in the light of the structural-functionalist approach. The author concludes that present stage of organizational behavior studies demonstrates degradation of administrative science. Organizational behavior claims currently to synthesize previously allocated under the organizational and management science disciplines, namely the theory of management and organization theory. But in reality, it lost differentiation and specialization – characteristic of any developed science; instead of interdisciplinarity, a psychological approach is dominant in studying organizational behavior. In this case, organizational behavior loses its specificity and substance “merging” with psychological disciplines (psychology, social psychology, industrial psychology, etc.). Prospects for development of organizational behavior, so the author, relates to sociological approach in analyzing behavior of individuals and groups in the organization. This sociological approach allows to understand the nature of the organization. Without understanding the nature of the organizations management science can not perform predictive function thus making it unnecessary for management practice.

organizational behavior; theory and sociology of organizations; criteria for the development of science
Content No 7, 2016