Implications for Organizational Behavior
This chapter examines the neurobiological underpinnings of organizational behavior using three motivational lenses or systems— the motivation to protect oneself from threats in the environment, the motivation to seek rewards and the motivation to forge social and affiliative bonds that aid our survival. We examine the fundamental underlying biological process for each motivational system; discuss how our biology influences psychological processes and behavior— specifically presenting evidence from social neuroscience and social endocrinology. The chapter also focuses on how the three motivational systems may give rise to behaviors relevant to organizational settings. Furthermore, we argue that each of these systems do not function in isolation but interact with one another to influence emotions and behaviors in organizations. We discuss the inherent challenges and limitations in adopting a neurobiological approach to studying organizational behaviors.
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