Practicing What We Teach: Applying Organizational Behavior Theory to Academic Success

Daily, Bonnie F.; Bishop, James W.; Maynard-Patrick, Stephanie
March 2013
Journal of Managerial Issues;Spring2013, Vol. 25 Issue 1, p8
Academic Journal
Institutions of higher learning are concerned with student performance, retention, and graduation rates. The authors believe an important stream within business scholarship, Organizational Behavior (OB), may provide vital insights regarding factors impacting student success. This paper aims to "practice what we teach," by using OB constructs to study performance, not in the workplace with employees, but in a business school setting with students. 156 undergraduate business students were surveyed on modified OB support theory constructs including faculty, parental, and peer support in relation to their professional commitment to the field of business and organizational commitment to their institution. In addition, the authors tested the relationship of felt responsibility acting as a mediating variable from the chosen foci of commitment to academic performance. The findings suggest relevant organizational support antecedents to professional commitment and organizational commitment in the academic setting.


Related Articles

  • Summer Bridge's Effects on College Student Success. Bir, Beth; Myrick, Mondrail // Journal of Developmental Education;Fall2015, Vol. 39 Issue 1, p22 

    This study considered whether participation in a rigorous, intense summer bridge program had a significant effect on the academic success of African-American male and female students in developmental education, compared to nonpartici-pants, at a four-year Historically Black University in terms...

  • The Gap in Graduation Rates. Graves, Lucia // U.S. News & World Report;5/12/2008, Vol. 144 Issue 13, p62 

    This article discusses a study published by the group Education Sector under the title "Graduation Rate Watch: Making Minority Student Success a Priority." This study examines the disparity between the college graduation rates of Whites and African Americans. It describes efforts by...

  • Dropout rate reducing strategies in Denmark and in Hungary. Schmitsek, Szilvia // Educational Research (2141-5161);Dec2012, Vol. 3 Issue 12, p905 

    The focus of my research is to reveal the efficiency of Hungarian and Danish dropout-rate reducing strategies, good practices in order to help the population concerned reintegrate into the education system and/or the world of work and above all into society. In addition, my aim is to make a...

  • Grade-Level Retention: Not Always a Positive Strategy. Venable, Sheryl // National Teacher Education Journal;Fall2015, Vol. 8 Issue 3, p55 

    Despite the research available on the negative aspects of retention, many teachers are not fully aware of the research and tend to think of retention as the best way to help struggling students achieve academically. The purpose of this article is to delineate some of the negative as well as some...

  • Study Points to Decrease In 'Dropout Factories'.  // Education Week;3/28/2012, Vol. 31 Issue 26, p5 

    The article reports on research stating that preventative efforts led to the increased high school graduation rate from 2001 to 2009, presented at the "Building a Grad Nation: Progress and Challenge in Ending the High School Dropout Epidemic" summit in Washington in March 2012.

  • Teach 'Em How to Teach 'Em.  // Diverse: Issues in Higher Education;5/12/2011, Vol. 28 Issue 7, p7 

    The article describes a proposed research study examining successful practices at minority-serving institutions (MSI) of higher education for retaining students of color and helping them graduate.

  • "Building a GradNation". BROWN, JESSICA // Education Week;5/20/2015, Vol. 34 Issue 31, p5 

    The article discusses the report "Building a GradNation" by the campaign Grad-Nation, which discusses the rising U.S. high school graduation rate, noting graduation rate gaps affecting Hispanic and African American students.

  • Grad Nation Will Hold 100 Local Summits. ADAMS, CARALEE // Education Week;4/17/2013, Vol. 32 Issue 28, p4 

    The article discusses educational Grad Nation summits proposed by the U.S. educational advocacy group America's Promise Alliance in 2013, which will focus on best practices for increasing high school graduation rates and preventing student dropouts.

  • Researchers Find Fewer 'Dropout Factory' Schools. ADAMS, CARALEE // Education Week;3/30/2011, Vol. 30 Issue 26, p4 

    The article discusses "Building a Grad Nation: 2010-2011 Annual Update," a report by the Johns Hopkins University Everyone Graduates Center and the America's Promise Alliance and Civic Enterprises regarding the number of high schools in the U.S. with graduation rates lower than 60 percent.


Read the Article


Sorry, but this item is not currently available from your library.

Try another library?
Sign out of this library

Other Topics