Association for Behavior Analysis International

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First International Conference; Italy, 2001

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Symposium #73
Conceptual Developments in Organizational Behavior Management/Performance Management
Friday, November 30, 2001
10:00 AM–10:50 AM
Carnelutti Hall
Area: OBM; Domain: Applied Behavior Analysis
Chair: Tracy E. Zinn (Auburn University)
Discussant: Darnell Lattal (Aubrey Daniels International)
Abstract: The principles of behavior have provided a conceptual base for analyzing a wide variety of organizational phenomena. The analytical tools involve identifying the conditions under which interesting behaviors occur and searching for consequences which might explain the development or maintenance of those behaviors. This symposium will extend these analytical methods to two applications, the activities of our professional organization and organizational change efforts in very different kinds of organizations. In both cases, analyses will examine the history of change of the phenomena and the ways relationships among establishing operations, antecedents, behaviors, and their consequences could drive those changes. Finally, certain arguably useful objectives will be specified and the principles will then be extended to ways those objectives might be achieved. Possible empirical tests and results of the implications of the analyses and applications will be stated.
Possibilities for Changing the Culture of the Organizational Behavior Management Network
BILL L. HOPKINS (Auburn University)
Abstract: The effectiveness of organizations depends on the behaviors of the people who manage the basic processes of the organization. Those behaviors depend on their consequences. Certain interesting objectives for the Organizational Behavior Management Network will be specified. Process changes that might generate those objectives will be developed. Speculative ABC analyses will be conducted to provide explanations for current behaviors that fail to drive the processes and generate those outcomes. Ways in which more useful processes might be developed and antecedents and consequences might be deployed to better generate the outcomes will be specified.
A Behavioral Systems Approach to Organizational Change: Applications
MARIA E. MALOTT (Malott & Associates)
Abstract: This presentation will address applications of organizational change across several industries. It will show that although the results of change might be unique, the process of implementing change has the same components. Changing organizations takes understanding of the organization, understanding of the system in which the organization operates, collection of meaningful data, analysis of organizational processes and structures, specification of tasks within processes, identification of critical behaviors and the design e implementation of interrelated behavioral contingencies.



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