Behavior in Organizations: Understanding and Managing the Human Side of Work

 
9780205086603: Behavior in Organizations: Understanding and Managing the Human Side of Work

Appropriate for undergraduate courses in Organizational Behaviour or Organizational Psychology, in Management and Psychology departments. One or two semester courses.

The newly revised edition of Behaviour in Organizations highlights the ever-changing nature of organizations and people's involvement in them, offering a uniquely Canadian perspective on the domestic business scene and a fresh look at the field of Organizational Behaviour in today's rapidly changing world. The one constant in this edition is the continued emphasis on both research and practice. The research focus has been broadened with the addition of many new studies. Coverage of the practical, applications-oriented side of OB has also been augmented and supported by updated examples, illustrating how OB practices and principles are applied in today's organizations across North America and around the world. A Company Index, brimming with new entries, provides readers with a wide range of real companies of varying size, offering either products or services.

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This book provides future managers with basic information about human beings and their behavior within the context of a business environment. It includes such issues as how to motivate people, how to give them feedback on their performance, how to influence them, and how to help them cope with stress. By examining the factors that contribute to an ever-changing business word, it will teach tomorrow's managers to develop, train, and motivate high-performance employees in a world of constant change.

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Organizational Behavior:
The Ultimate Reality Show

Three years ago, when the previous edition of this book was published, Enron and WorldCom were successful and highly acclaimed companies, involvement in a dot-corn was an assured path to riches, and September ii was just a date on the calendar. Today, that's all changed. In a very short time, it's become a different world, especially the business world. Companies that once moved "from bricks to clicks" today are returning to bricks, but are keeping the clicks as well. Many organizations that downsized in a sagging economy subsequently rehired employees, only to downsize once more. And, workplaces that used to be considered safe havens from the uncertainties of a sometimes-evil world, today are considered far more vulnerable than ever.

Because the field of OB is constantly adjusting to reality, we think of it—and this book—as "the ultimate reality show." As in the TV show, Survivor, only the most adaptable individuals and teams in the workplace can be expected to make it to tomorrow. And, as in the TV show, Big Brother, relationships with other people also hold the key to success at work. Finally, just as winners in these television programs stand to receive large sums of money and are likely to enjoy the experience of playing the game, so too do employers and employees benefit financially and personally when they have mastered OB. Unlike these so-called reality shows, with their carefully scripted scenarios and meticulously chosen casts, however, behavior in organizations is reality. Its effects are ongoing and profound. And this is why we consider it to be "the ultimate" in reality, and why we put so much care into preparing this book.

Topic Coverage: Old and New

You would not have a serious OB book without paying attention to Weber's concept of bureaucracy, Maslow's need hierarchy theory, and dozens of other classic theories and studies. Such works are to be found on these pages. Competing for space are an equal number of more contemporary approaches to OB that also have received our attention. Consider, for example, just a few of the many new topics covered in this book:

Ethics audits, corporate social responsibility, e-training, Chief Knowledge Officer, successful intelligence, emoticons, organizational compassion`, religious intolerance, cyber-venting and much more!

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