Areas of research include improving job performance, increasing job satisfaction, promoting innovation and encouraging leadership.
Just as it was beginning to get a handle on the influx of aging veterans from Management and organizational behavior Greatest Generation, the agency found itself dealing with three new threats: A new generation of wounded warriors coming home from Iraq and Afghanistan Significant budget cuts, fallout from the global financial crisis and Congressional belt-tightening A wave of infections from a deadly, antibiotic resistant strain of staph: Like other American healthcare facilities, patients at VA hospitals had a roughly 1 in 25 chance of contracting a new infection during their stay.
At least, until Infection control measures had been tried before, with mixed results. But this one had one feature that made it different: The program had greater success than any previous infection control regime, and 40 percent better than private healthcare systems, despite having patients largely older and sicker than the general population.
And that success was largely because of an offshoot of applied behavior analysis called Organizational Behavior Management. Ever since the industrial revolution, managers have been looking for ways to improve work efficiency.
As new science became available on why and how people were motivated, management theorists were eager to apply the principals of this science in the workplace.
They typically interact closely with management and decision-makers in the business to analyze and advise them on improving performance and efficiency. OBM specialists use many of the same tools as mainstream behavior analysts, including: Establishing specific modifiable behaviors or consequences.
Incorporating self-monitoring programs based on checklist items. Behavior analysts use observation to understand behavioral systems and devise feedback methods to reinforce positive and eliminate negative behaviors Interobserver reliability techniques: To ensure consistency in shared environments, behavior analysts use interobserver agreements and other techniques to ensure that values observed for identical events by different observers are the same.
OBM specialists often find their work incorporated into other management tools and techniques. The primary difference in the work done in OBM, however, is the use of psychological insights to influence behavior dynamics in groups and workplace scenarios.
These skills are used both in observing and diagnosing organizational issues and in developing effective behavior modification plans to address those issues. As with the VA infection control program, this can involve creating cultural changes to encourage staff to take ownership of outcomes.
Or it may involve creating checklists and other rote mechanisms to encourage the development of positive feedback loops in safety procedures around heavy equipment. Any workplace function involving human variability may be subject to behavior modification.
The Influence of OBM on Other Management Tools and Techniques Traditional behavior analysis techniques are increasingly becoming wedded to outside practices such as systems theory a study of the patterns and principles governing processes in complex, interdependent systemswhich are more useful in large organizational contexts.
Conversely, OBM is finding its way into larger management frameworks as a tool or concept that is not always central, but usually integral, to the system.
The Integrated Cultural Framework a six-dimension survey used for determining prevailing corporate cultural norms is one example of an OBM-influenced tool used in other management systems. And many traditional management techniques that have proven successful inadvertently incorporate OBM tenets such as positive reinforcement and consistent feedback.
Industrial psychology Programmed instruction Scientific management theory Because of the diversity of fields that fed the modern practice of organizational behavior management, it has grown up into a field that nearly parallels applied behavior analysis.
The first OBM graduate program was offered at Western Michigan University inonly nine years after the first graduate program in behavior analysis was introduced at the University of Florida.
Despite the close relationship between the fields and the fact that both have a history that includes many of the same groundbreaking researchers, according to a article at BSci21today many ABA students remain unaware of OBM or how it relates to behavior analysis.
Among the first widespread uses of OBM was in residential human services settings. According to a research paper published by Southern Illinois Universitythis may have come about precisely because of the novel and comprehensive nature of behavioral treatments… having written detailed behavior management plans for their patients, ABAs found themselves having to do something similar with the staff to ensure the patient plans were executed properly!
Today, OBM is making inroads across a variety of industries as diverse as manufacturing and sports. In manufacturing, safety systems and efficiency are addressed through behavior modification with factory workers. And in sports as diverse as football and ballet, some coaches have found their teams improving through the application of OBM techniques.
In some cases the crossover is going in the other direction—OBM practitioners are moving into behavior analysis practices, such as at the Shape of Behavior autism treatment centers in Texas.
Planning for a Career in Organizational Behavior Management Because of its business applications, most practitioners come to OBM through a college degree in business with a concentration in organizational behavior management.
Psychology with OBM concentration Industrial Organizational Psychology Applied Behavior Analysis There are also certificate programs available for students looking to pick up skills in OBM after graduating with a degree in a different field.
Programs at institutions such as Harvard and the Florida Institute of Technology are open to those that hold advanced degrees in other fields. Although generally aimed at healthcare practices, and designed to protect the public and provide insurance companies with a recognizable credential indicating the holder is a legitimate healthcare worker, some of the laws that are being passed regulating behavior analysis do not distinguish between providers working in a medical context versus those working in an organizational context.
Joining a state-level ABA association will also keep you stay abreast of any developing enforcement efforts as regulators continue to refine their approach to licensing. Additional Resources Related to Organizational Behavior Management The OBM Network — Founded inthis organization serves as a resource for both practitioners and students interested in entering the field.
Behavioral Science in the 21st Century — A blog devoted to all elements of behavioral science, but with better coverage of OBM topics than most. Behavior Analyst Certification Board — The national non-profit organization that sets standards for behavior analysis certification and practices.
Association of Professional Behavior Analysts — A national organization devoted to representing the interests of professional behavior analysts, including those practicing in OBM.JSTOR is a digital library of academic journals, books, and primary sources.
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