Organizational Behavior

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Pub Date: 2017

ISBN 13: 978-1-9461351-5-5

Publisher: University of Minnesota Libraries Publishing

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Reviewed by Stacey Young, Associate Professor, Northern Virginia Community College, on 6/21/2017.

This book does a good job in covering relevant topics related to organizational behavior. The format is user friendly, along with providing … read more

 

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Reviewed by Atul Mitra, Professor, University of Northern Iowa, on 2/16/2017.

This OB textbook covers all major as well as supporting topics related the OB field. The last two chapters are devoted to macro topics (Chapter 14: … read more

 

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Reviewed by Christopher Reina, Assistant Professor, Virginia Commonwealth University, on 2/9/2017.

The major areas of OB are covered comprehensively. The textbook goes into an appropriate amount of depth for each of the expected topics. It … read more

 

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Reviewed by Rae Casey, Associate Professor , George Fox University, on 2/9/2017.

The text was comprehensive, covering areas that are important when teaching organizational behavior. Some of the topic areas, such as diversity and … read more

 

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Reviewed by Marcia Hagen, Associate Professor, Metropolitan State, on 8/22/2016.

Has chapters on the major themes such as diversity, decision making, motivation, ethics, and leadership to name a few; goes over the major theories. … read more

 

Table of Contents

  • Chapter 1: Organizational Behavior
  • Chapter 2: Managing Demographic and Cultural Diversity
  • Chapter 3: Understanding People at Work: Individual Differences and Perception
  • Chapter 4: Individual Attitudes and Behaviors
  • Chapter 5: Theories of Motivation
  • Chapter 6: Designing a Motivating Work Environment
  • Chapter 7: Managing Stress and Emotions
  • Chapter 8: Communication
  • Chapter 9: Managing Groups and Teams
  • Chapter 10: Conflict and Negotiations
  • Chapter 11: Making Decisions
  • Chapter 12: Leading People Within Organizations
  • Chapter 13: Power and Politics
  • Chapter 14: Organizational Structure and Change
  • Chapter 15: Organizational Culture
 

About the Book

Organizational Behavior bridges the gap between theory and practice with a distinct "experiential" approach.

On average, a worker in the USA will change jobs 10 times in 20 years. In order to succeed in this type of career situation, individuals need to be armed with the tools necessary to be life-long learners. To that end, this book is not be about giving students all the answers to every situation they may encounter when they start their first job or as they continue up the career ladder. Instead, this book gives students the vocabulary, framework, and critical thinking skills necessary to diagnose situations, ask tough questions, evaluate the answers received, and to act in an effective and ethical manner regardless of situational characteristics.

Often, students taking OB either do not understand how important knowledge of OB can be to their professional careers, or they DO understand and they want to put that knowledge into practice. Organizational Behavior takes a more experiential angle to the material to meet both of those needs. The experiential approach can be incorporated in the classroom primarily through the "OB Toolbox." This feature brings life to the concepts and allows students to not only see how the OB theories unfold, but to practice them, as well.

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Organizational Behavior is adapted from a work produced and distributed under a Creative Commons license (CC BY-NC-SA) in 2010 by a publisher who has requested that they and the original author not receive attribution. This adapted edition is produced by the University of Minnesota Libraries Publishing through the eLearning Support Initiative.