About the OB Division

Mission Statement:
The Organizational Behavior Division of the Academy of Management exists to advance the development of scholars and scholarship within the content domain of organizational behavior. Scholarship occurs in the practice of both research and teaching. Through scholarship, we strive to positively influence management thought and practice.

Domain Statement:
Organizational behavior is devoted to understanding individuals and groups within an organizational context. The field focuses on attributes, processes, behaviors, and outcomes within and between individual, interpersonal, group, and organizational levels of analysis. Major topics include:

  • individual characteristics such as beliefs, values, personality, and demographic attributes, and individual processes such as learning, perception, motivation, emotions, and decision making
  • interpersonal processes such as trust, justice, power/politics, social exchange, and networks
  • group/team characteristics such as size, diversity, and cohesion, and group/team processes such as development, leadership, decision making, and cooperation and conflict
  • organizational processes and practices such as leadership, goal setting, work design, feedback, rewards, communication, and socialization
  • contextual influences on individuals and groups such as organizational and national culture, and organizational identity and climate
  • and the influence of all of the above on individual, interpersonal, group, and organizational outcomes such as performance, creativity, attachment, citizenship behaviors, stress, absenteeism, turnover, deviance, and ethical behavior.

Directory of Academic Journals in OB:

Academy of Management Journal

“The mission of the Academy of Management Journal is to publish empirical research that tests, extends, or builds management theory and contributes to management practice.” Quoted from the AMJ website.

Academy of Management Learning and Education

“The Academy of Management Learning & Education (AMLE) advances the knowledge and practice of management learning and education. It does so by publishing theoretical models and reviews, qualitative and quantitative research, critique, exchanges, and retrospectives on any substantive topic that is conceived with, and draws implications for, how managers learn and the educational process and context.” An excerpt from the journal’s mission statement.

Academy of Management Perspectives

“The mission of the new Academy of Management Perspectives (AMP) is to provide accessible articles about important issues concerning management and business. AMP articles are aimed at the non-specialist academic reader, not practicing managers, and rely on evidence as opposed to theory or opinion for their arguments.” Quoted from the AMP website

Academy of Management Review

“The mission of the Academy of Management Review (AMR) is to publish new theoretical insights that advance our understanding of management and organizations. AMR is receptive to a variety of perspectives, including those seeking to improve the effectiveness of, as well as those critical of, management and organizations. Submissions to AMR must extend theory in ways that permit the development of testable knowledge-based claims.” Quoted from the AMR website

Applied Psychology: An International Review

The official journal of the International Association of Applied Psychology. Published quarterly, recent special issues have included Cross-cultural Industrial and Organisational Psychology, Work Motivation: Theory, Research and Practice and Person-Organisation Fit.

Group & Organization Management

“Group & Organization Management (GOM), peer-reviewed and published bi-monthly, publishes the work of scholars and professionals who extend management and organization theory and address the implications for practitioners…From individual behavior to organizational strategy and functioning, GOM features both empirical and theoretical articles spanning various levels of analysis in organizations.” An excerpt from the GOM website

Journal of Management Studies

“International in scope and readership, the Journal of Management Studies is a multidisciplinary journal, publishing articles on organization theory and behaviour, strategic and human resource management – from empirical studies and theoretical developments to practical applications.” quoted from the Journal Management Studies.

Journal of Managerial Psychology

“Journal of Managerial Psychology concerns itself with the wider aspects of human resource management derived from the application of psychology theory and practice, helping managers better deal with current personnel issues.” An excerpt from the JMP website.

Journal of Organizational Behavior

“The Journal of Organizational Behavior aims to publish empirical reports and theoretical reviews of research in the field of organizational behavior, wherever in the world that work is conducted. The journal will focus on research and theory in all topics associated with organizational behavior within and across individual, group and organizational levels of analysis,” An exerpt from the JOB website.

Leadership and Organizational Development Journal

“The Leadership & Organization Development Journal explores behavioural and managerial issues relating to all aspects of leadership, and of individual and organization development, from a global perspective.” An excerpt from the LODJ website.

Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes

“Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes publishes fundamental research in organizational behavior, organizational psychology, and human cognition, judgment, and decision-making. The journal features articles that present original empirical research, theory development, literature reviews, and methodological advancements relevant to the substantive domains served by the journal. Topics covered by the journal include perception, cognition, judgment, attitudes, emotion, well-being, motivation, choice, and performance. ” quoted from the OBHDP website

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