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Organizational Behavior

(9 reviews)

Multiple Authors

Copyright Year: 2019

Publisher: OpenStax

Language: English

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Reviewed by Joe Messer, Professor of Entrepreneurship, Manchester University on 3/29/24

The book covered so much information that we were not able to finish it in a normal 15 week course. read more

Reviewed by Diana Kamwibua, Instructor Management, James Madison University on 11/20/23

The content of the book is quite comprehensive. It covers the principles of the behavioral sciences that are relevant to management and can help managers improve their skills and abilities, as well as those of their subordinates. The book includes... read more

Reviewed by Josh Smith, Program Director, Business Solutions, Johnson County Community College on 6/1/22

The book covers all key concepts that should be included in an organizational behavior / human relations text for introductory students. Good breath and depth of material. Was a little surprised to see a chapter on entrepreneurship in the text. ... read more

Reviewed by Aycan Kara, Associate Professor, Indiana University - Southeast (New Albany) on 4/25/22, updated 2/28/23

Great coverage of OB concepts and theories. Learning outcomes (at the beginning of the chapter), key terms, summary of learning outcomes, chapter review questions, application exercises, and cases (at the end of the chapter) make this book a very... read more

Reviewed by Morgan Felkner, Adjunct Faculty, University of Saint Francis on 2/16/22

The text takes the reader through the most basic elements of organizational behavior by sharing how work comes to life with the exchange between worker and manager. It also discusses the challenges most organizations face, especially as it relates... read more

Reviewed by John Jamison, Visiting Assistant Professor, Marymount University on 2/14/22

My colleagues and I wanted update our OB course textbook and scrutinized several textbooks. We agreed that the OpenStax OB textbook is on par with the best (and most expensive) textbook in the field and is preferrable it to any other we were... read more

Reviewed by Evan Bruno, Assistant Professor, James Madison University on 10/27/21

It’s tough to adequately cover the wide array of topics in Organizational Behavior, but this book does a good job of that. It’s got a great range of options for a full-semester course, leaving you with the option to pick and choose or run through... read more

Reviewed by Diane Scott, Associate Professor of Arts Management, Massachusetts Department of Higher Education on 6/21/21

This book contains the gamut of concepts one might choose to include in an organizational behavior course. By comparison to other OER and traditional titles, it contains a broad spectrum. Some others use a more curatorial approach leaving out... read more

Reviewed by Noel Ridsdale, Assistant Professor of Management, Limestone University on 12/1/20

This book was very comparable to other texts in the Organizational Behavior area. The areas were very similar to current texts, and were covered in a very comprehensive way. All relevant topic areas were included with complete content areas... read more

Table of Contents

  • 1. Management and Organizational Behavior
  • 2. Individual and Cultural Differences
  • 3. Perception and Job Attitudes
  • 4. Learning and Reinforcement
  • 5. Diversity in Organizations
  • 6. Perception and Managerial Decision Making
  • 7. Work Motivation for Performance
  • 8. Performance Appraisal and Rewards
  • 9. Group and Intergroup Relations
  • 10. Understanding and Managing Work Teams
  • 11. Communication
  • 12. Leadership
  • 13. Organizational Power and Politics
  • 14. Conflict and Negotiations
  • 15. External and Internal Organizational Environments and Corporate Culture
  • 16. Organizational Structure and Change
  • 17. Human Resource Management
  • 18. Stress and Well Being
  • 19. Entrepreneurship

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  • About the Book

    This OpenStax resource aligns to introductory courses in Organizational Behavior. The text presents the theory, concepts, and applications with particular emphasis on the impact that individuals and groups can have on organizational performance and culture. An array of recurring features engages students in entrepreneurial thinking, managing change, using tools/technology, and responsible management; furthermore, the unique chapter on Social Media and Communication contextualizes the importance and implications of various platforms and communications methods.

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    Contributing Authors

    J. Stewart Black, INSEAD
    David S. Bright, Wright State University
    Donald G. Gardner, University of Colorado-Colorado Springs
    Eva Hartmann, University of Richmond
    Jason Lambert, Texas Woman’s University
    Laura M. Leduc, James Madison University
    Joy Leopold, Webster University
    James S. O’Rourke, University of Notre Dame
    Jon L. Pierce, University of Minnesota-Duluth
    Richard M. Steers, University of Oregon
    Siri Terjesen, American University
    Joseph Weiss, Bentley University

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