ERIC Number: EJ862101
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
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Reference Count: 16
A Behavioral Systems Analysis of Behavior Analysis as a Scientific System
Hayes, Linda J.; Dubuque, Erick M.; Fryling, Mitch J.; Pritchard, Joshua K.
Journal of Organizational Behavior Management, v29 n3-4 p315-332 2009
Behavioral systems analyses typically address organizational problems in business and industry. However, to the extent that a behavioral system is an entity comprised of interdependent elements formed by individuals interacting toward a common goal, a scientific enterprise constitutes a behavioral system to which a behavioral systems analysis may apply. This article outlines the characteristics of behavior analysis as a scientific system, such that it may be conceptualized and evaluated by way of a behavioral systems analysis. Our aim in subjecting this enterprise to a behavioral systems analysis is to achieve a furtherance of its mission. In pursuit of this aim, we suggest actions that behavior analysis might take to increase its share of the psychological market, sustain its veracity, and assure its long-term success.
Descriptors: Behavioral Science Research, Systems Analysis, Scientific Enterprise, Investigations, Data Interpretation, Systems Approach
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