I didn’t know it at the time. In fact, when I took it, I thought it was a complete farce.
Maslow’s “Hierarchy of Needs”? Are you kidding me?
I was majoring in Engineering and taking calculus, physics, chemistry…you know, the serious stuff meant for serious students. But, to graduate within some reasonable amount of time (where “reasonable” was defined by my parents), I needed some additional elective units. So, I decided to take one of the only classes that wasn’t already filled and would satisfy the requirements for me to graduate; this turned out to be a class called, “Organizational Behavior”.
I looked up the description of Organizational Behavior which read something like this:
“The study of the way people interact within groups. Normally this study is applied in an attempt to create more efficient business organizations. The central idea of the study of organizational behavior is that a scientific approach can be applied to the management of workers. Organizational behavior theories are used for human resource purposes to maximize the output from individual group members.” Source: Investopedia.com
“Oh my god!”, I thought. “Is there any way I can get out of this boring, irrelevant class? Is this a legitimate/real subject?”.