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The Biological Foundations of Organizational Behavior

Stephen M. Colarelli and Richard D. Arvey


A biological understanding of social behavior is now part of modern science. We know that previously assumed social or cultural causes of behavior have their origins, at least in part, in human biology. Similarly, we now know that social circumstances (such as stressful working conditions) can have profound effects on our biological functioning. The purpose of this book is to introduce scholars to biological and evolutionary perspectives on organizational behavior (OB). Its specific goals are to: (1) start a dialogue between OB and biology, (2) encourage research on biological and OB linkages, ... More

Keywords: organizational behavior, biology, evolution, evolutionary psychology, management

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780226127156
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2015 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226127293.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Stephen M. Colarelli, editor
Professor of Psychology, Central Michigan University

Richard D. Arvey, editor

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One Introduction

Stephen M. Colarelli and Richard D. Arvey

Four The Biological Basis of Entrepreneurship

Scott Shane and Nicos Nicolaou

Five Fitness, Adaptation, and Survival

Timothy A. Judge and Robert Hogan

Six Neurobiological Systems

Jayanth Narayanan and Smrithi Prasad

Nine Evolved Decision Makers in Organizations

Peter DeScioli, Robert Kurzban, and Peter M. Todd

Ten Primal Business

Nigel Nicholson

Eleven Evolution and Cooperation

Roderick E. White and Barbara Decker Pierce

Twelve Biology, Evolution, and Organizations

Glenn R. Carroll and Kieran O’Connor

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