Change and transformation in the world today are becoming inevitable. Consequently, for organizations to succeed in this environment, they have to adapt to these changes (Olson, 2001). Adapting to change involves aligning the structures and management of human capital among other things.
This paper will explore the organizational behavior concepts related to standard managerial practices aimed at achieving effective and efficient operations within the criminal justice settings. It is imperative to understand the organizational behavior patterns, as well as the management practices to adequately analyze this concept.
Different organizations have different managerial practices. However, the most common concept of efficient management results is remarkable productivity and profit returns due to better performance. The criminal justice system setup is aimed at achieving low crime rate, upholding justice, rehabilitating law breakers and making them good citizens of the community.
The key concepts involved in the organizational behavior are channeled towards attaining efficiency in management practices. In the criminal justice setup, the managers are to possess both technical and interpersonal skills, because the managers are responsible for managing the organization’s finances, resources, information and personnel. To empower the employees, they need resources such as support programs, trainings, adequate provisions and equipment.
Organizational behavior inspects on the impact that structures, individuals and groups have on how the personnel in an organization behave. The employees of an organization are normally diverse and this plays a key role in attaining maximum success.
Therefore, the management is to exploit this concept in their favor in order to outshine their competitors. The major organizational behavior concepts discussed in this paper include “change agent”, “complex systems”, “linear and systemic thinking”, “differentiation” and “whole” (Reichel, 2008).
To begin with, the managers should recognize that they are a change agent by default, meaning that everything they do, may it be personal or professional, has a ripple effect on everyone around them. In the criminal justice context, any wrong action can adversely affect the majority. Other behavioral concepts, associated with standard managerial practices include linear and systemic thinking. The systems are complex and need to work together as a whole to maximize the output (Ollhoff, 2001).
This acknowledges that alteration of any element of the system might adversely affect the system as a whole. As such a holistic approach to managerial practices is important to the success of the organization. The criminal justice system includes defense attorneys, policemen, prosecutors, jails, parole and courts. All these systems make up the criminal justice organization.
Differentiation is another behavioral concept that involves separation from any emotional attachment in a situation. This creates a situation whereby one’s performance and decision making are not disrupted by emotions. Emotions can make the system counterproductive. In a criminal justice setting, this concept promotes justice and fairness. The law enforcers ought to use facts as a basis for their decision making.
In conclusion, the organizational behavior concepts have a great impact on the staff’s performance, motivation, standards and values. Therefore, these concepts when applied in the day-day operation in the criminal justice setup lead to remarkable results.
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