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The Biological Foundations of Organizational Behavior$
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Stephen M. Colarelli and Richard D. Arvey

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780226127156

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226127293.001.0001

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Biology and Organizational Behavior

(p.1) One Introduction
The Biological Foundations of Organizational Behavior

Stephen M. Colarelli

Richard D. Arvey

University of Chicago Press

This chapter provides a conceptual and integrative summary of the book. The theory of evolution by natural selection is one of the most well supported theories in science, and it has had a profound influence the modern life sciences. Yet, biological and evolutionary perspectives are rare in organizational behavior. This chapter discusses historical and paradigmatic reasons why scholars in OB may have been reluctant to incorporate biological and evolutionary psychological perspectives, argues why a biological perspective is needed, and explains how a biological perspective can be helpful to and compatible with OB scholarship. Pointing out that interdisciplinary collaboration among biologists and social scientists is becoming increasingly important as we learn more about the biological mechanisms influencing human behavior, the chapter argues for incorporating increased biological and evolutionary perspectives in theory and research in OB.

Keywords:   organizational behavior, OB, management, organizational interventions, evolution by natural selection, biology

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