LDR/531 Organizational Leadership
March 01, 2010
Examining A Business Failure – Tyco International Ltd.
Organizational behavior is concerned with human behavior in organizations. This essay seeks to explain how organizational behavior theories could have predicted or explain the failure of Tyco International Ltd. The theories that organizational behavior are built on are psychology, social psychology, sociology and anthropology. According to Robbins and Judge (2009) , psychology seeks to explain changes in behavior in humans for example, impacts on learning, emotions, leadership, and decision making principles in an organization. Social psychology examines people’s influences on each other, attitudes, communication patterns, building trust, group behavior, power and conflict. Sociology focuses on the behavior of groups within an organization especially communication, power and conflict. Anthropology is the study of human beings and their activities and it helps us to understand the differences in values, attitudes and behaviors among individuals in different organizations. Ultimately, an organization’s work is performed or tasks accomplished by the behavior of individuals that make up the organization. Hence, success or failure of an organization can be attributed to the behavior of individuals within an organization. Tyco International Ltd.
Tyco International Ltd. is a multi- national company which manufactures products and provide services to customers all over the world. Its products are quite diversified and range from residential and commercial security systems, fire suppression systems, electrical components, firefighter and medical diagnostic equipment, water purification systems, and building construction materials. In 2001 it reported revenues of $ 34 million. At the end of September 2002, Tyco revenues climbed to nearly $35 billion but it also had a loss of $9...