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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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Neurobiological Systems:

Neurobiological Systems:

Implications for Organizational Behavior

(p.119) Six Neurobiological Systems
The Biological Foundations of Organizational Behavior

Jayanth Narayanan

Smrithi Prasad

University of Chicago Press

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.

Keywords:   neurobiology, organizational behavior, evolutionary psychology, workplace behaviors, motivational system

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