Behavior in Organizations

Welcome to the Behavior in Organizations Section

Welcome to the Behavior in Organizations section of the Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies. We invite you to interact with our site by exploring the sections below, which will be updated and revised on a continual basis. Our aim is to provide you with the resources you need to better understand how the science of behavior can be studied and applied within organizational settings.

OBM Network
The Organizational Behavior Management Network exists to develop, enhance, and support the growth and vitality of OBM through research, education, practice, and collaboration.

Behavioral Science in the 21st Century
The mission of Behavioral Science in the 21st Century is to facilitate Skinner’s vision of behavior analysis as a comprehensive science of behavior by providing a non-academic dissemination outlet accessible to scientists, practitioners, and the general public.

Defining Behavior – Podcast
Marshall Lev Dermer delivers “Defining Behavior” – describing how behavior analysts define behavior. Script written with by Vicki Lee, Jay Moore, and David Palmer.

Cambridge Center Articles related to OBM

A Proposed New Program Perspective and Curriculum for Organizational Behavior Management by William B. Abernathy, Ph.D. and Dwight Harshbarger, Ph.D.

Assuring the Quality of Your ABA Interventions via Organizational Behavior Management: A Tutorial by Beth Sulzer-Azaroff, Ph.D.

Behavioral Systems Analysis: Fundamental concepts and cutting edge applications by Dale Brethower, Ph.D. (Six Parts Below)

Part I Definition and Fundamental Concept
Part II The 3 Term Contingency
Part III The Total Performance System
Part IV Four Concepts
Part V Illustrative Applications
Part VI Illustrative Applications
Part VII Toward the Future

Complexity Rising: Related Readings by Yaneer Bar-Yam

Creating a High Performance Organization Through a “Free Operant Workplace” by William B. Abernathy, Ph.D.

Human Performance System Analysis by Donald Tosti Ph.D.

Leadership and Communication: Lessons from The Tipping Point by Todd A. Ward, Greg Smith, Ramona Houmanfar

Leadership: Moving Away from Bullying by Dr. Terry McSween

Pervasive Negative Effects of Rewards on Intrinsic Motivation: The Myth Continues. The Behavior Analyst 24, 1-44. By Judy Cameron, Katherine M. Banko, and W. David Pierce.

Positive vs. Negative Management by William Abernathy

Producing Astonishing Organizational Results

Should Organizational Behavior Management Expand Its Content? A Third Perspective on E. Scott Geller’s Article by William B. Abernathy & Scott Herbst

Towards a Technology for Technology Transfer by Mark Alavosius

What Is the Role of Behavioral Systems Analytic Approach in the Advancement of a Science of Human Behavior and Its Contribution to the Vitality of OBM? by Jon E. Krapfl

What do we mean by “Performance Systems Analysis?” by Dr. Dale Brethower

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