Copyright Year: 2019
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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
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 scripted out.
This text was written from a neutral format, there was no areas of bias detected. The information contained within this text was accurate and consistent with current organizational behavior theory and contained relevant current business thinking in areas of culture and diversity.
The material is relevant and current. There are areas that are contained within the text that have some excellent details on the current business issues of diversity and cultural issues. Even though there is good material here, some additional information and cases related may be needed in some areas to meet the importance of these issues currently in the business environment.
The material is delivered in a clear and concise manner. This material was easy to understand, with concept checks frequently spaced throughout the book, to ensure the learner gains the knowledge that relates back to course objectives. Terms utilized were well defined and should be able to be understood in a relatability manner to the business environment.
The format is very consistent throughout the text. With this format, all material was consistent in the delivery methods for all 19 chapters. The question and answer format was found to be very informative, and promotes critical thinking.
This book can easily be converted into modules that could be used in the various formats that this institution is currently using. Visualization for a 16 week course, and an 8 week internet course can easily be accomplished. Even an 8 week hybrid could be considered under the modular system that this book provides.
This text is very sequentially formatted, starting on a more individual perspective, then moving to how the individual impacts the organization, and finally how the organization itself operates. The structure then concludes with some additional current topics such as stress and entrepreneurship, as well as including an introduction to human resource management, allowing for the exploration of how these areas differ. This flow is very good for the topic of study, the authors here demonstrate the knowledge of teaching the topic in this text.
During this review, the book was explored on a computer that is a few years old, and on a current system with no issues in navigation or other interface issues. The pdf version was also explored with similar results. Interfacing within the Canvas LMS should be acceptable as the functionality seems to be available by direct linking page material.
Upon review, no grammatical errors were found.
There are many good examples of cultural situations throughout the book. There are cultural aspects interwoven in many of the areas of the text. There could be some additional case study opportunities included on a more domestic level with cultural issues in the workplace. These could be added to the supplemental material portion for the instructor. The cultural diversity issue from a domestic approach as opposed to a global approach should be addressed but the material included was excellent.
This book is being considered heavily as a replacement for the current text in Organizational Behavior for our undergraduate program. The book is very good but in a couple of areas can be text heavy. These areas would benefit from some additional graphics or charts, but in other areas, the visual are excellent. The support materials for this text appear to be very good. There is the same level of instructor support that the major publishers have for this book. The test bank is available in the xml format, which should import into the LMS systems, a very good feature for schools using an adjunct heavy faculty. There are course cartridges for both Blackboard and Canvas available, which should include the test bank.
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
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.