Organizational Behavior: Emerging Knowledge and Practice for the Real World

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Daan Verkaik, Ferdi, Koen, Sybe

Authors: M. Von Glinow, S.L. McShane

Publication Year: 2010


Title: Organizational Behavior: Emerging Knowledge and Practice for the Real World

Publisher: McGraw Hill

Edition: Customized Edition for SDSU: 5th edition edition (2010)

ISBN: 978-0077379438

Categories: Information Management, Organizational Behavior


Delivering what we've come to expect from this author team, McShane/Von Glinow 5e helps everyone make sense of OB, and provides the conceptual tools to work more effectively in the workplace. In their new Fifth Edition, McShane and Von Glinow continue the trailblazing innovations that made previous editions of Organizational Behavior recognized and adopted by the new generation of organizational behavior (OB) instructors. McShane and Von Glinow 5e is acclaimed for: Readability, presentation of current knowledge Strong International/Global orientation Contemporary Theory Foundation (without the jargon) Active Learning and Critical Thinking Support Textbook's philosophy-OB knowledge is for everyone, not just traditional managers. Reality is that everyone: sales representatives, production employees, physicians -- needs OB knowledge to successfully thrive in and around organizations. The authors' ability to engage students by introducing cutting edge OB topics while providing relevancy to OB concepts through the 'linking theory with reality' approach, is the reason OB 5e remains unparalleled in it's ability to engage students. Hundreds of fascinating real-life stories captured from around the world, 'Linking Theory with Reality', remains one of the text's key, hearty features. The first to bring OB cutting edge topics, OB 5e continues introducing students to the present and future context of emerging workplace realities: social networks and virtual teams replacing committee meetings, knowledge replacing infrastructure, values and self-leadership replacing command-and-control management; companies looking for employees with emotional intelligence and team competencies, not just technical smarts. Diversity and globalization have become challenges as well as competitive opportunities for organizations. Coworkers aren't just down the hall; they're at the other end of an Internet connection located around the world, and much, much, more.

Critical Reflection

This book is used for educational purposes in organizational psychology-context. The book is divided in three parts. Firstly, the authors focus on individual behavior and processes. The first part describes factors that influence individual behavior, define personality (the 'Big Five'), explains a person's self-concept and values. Secondly, there is a part about team dynamics in the workplace. The authors describe benefits and limitations of teams, why people join groups, why people trust each other and identify constraints and potential improvements for team decision makings. Finally, the last part details organizational processes. These are divided in organizational structure, organizational culture and organizational change. This is a very interesting chapter in terms of the adaptive cycle. In this chapter the authors discuss the differences between organic and mechanic organizational structures, the (dis)advantages of centralization and formalization, and the influence of organizational size, technology and structure for each environment. Furthermore, strategies or an organizational change are discussed. More information on this can be found in the wiki page on Organizational Culture. As a last remark, I have found this book to be a very good reference for all sorts of organizational psychology-questions. It is a well-written narrative that is based on a great number of references, and is as such a good starting point for further enquiry into organizational psychology.


Daan Verkaik, Ferdi, Koen, Sybe