Organizational Behavior: An Introduction to Your Life in Organizations
(PrenticeHall 2008; ISBN 0-13-185495-X)
After decades of teaching OB I still wanted --and finally wrote--a textbook that emphasizes being:
RELEVANT: Organizational behavior theories are showcased to demonstrate how practical they really are.....
ENGAGING: The applied and personalized approach makes the book a good read.(Many students report actually enjoying it!) To enhance the classroom experience, I also scoured the field to get a great selection of exercises, and wrote dozens of short, current cases....
INTERNATIONAL: Each chapter includes extensive global content,and one entire chapter explores cross-cultural relationships....
EXPERIENTIAL: The book and Instructor's Manual give professors MANY pedagogical supports, from videos for each chapter opening case to tested term projects for individuals and groups. I wrote the IM myself.
Do your students ever complain that reading their OB text is a chore? Perhaps because the theories seem disconnected from the real world? This text engages students because it:
1) Shows how OB theory is used to solve real life organizational problems.
2) Demonstrates to students how OB will be useful to them in their careers:
The first chapter emphasizes why mastering OB is important in your career (history and methodology are covered much later, in the last chapter)
The preview sections that open each chapter ask students to address issues as if they were managers.
Chapters often mention career applications.
3) Is personalized:
It is written in the second-person.
Within the chapters are many self-tests and
4) Is interesting to read:
Rather than being a theory string, each chapter is organized around a logical set of applied questions.
It includes many lively (and often thorough) examples and interesting quotes from
managers and commentators in the field.
It includes Advice from the Pro’s at the end of each chapter.
It includes many ideas for Explorations beyond the chapter material.
5) Supports a variety of teaching approaches by providing a large number of pedagogical choices.
The pedagogical supports include:
A short video (or videos) for every chapter opening case
Both shorter and longer cases for classroom discussion
Both easier and more challenging cases for students of different experience levels
Many! experiential exercises
A variety of classroom tested group and term projects
Enough materials to run a fully experiential
course, if that is your approach
On-line tests and student powerpoints for review
A test item file written by professionals (not me!)
6) Emphasizes global developments in OB. This text strongly emphasizes international OB because it:
Fully integrates global issues in each chapter and each topic (as space permits)
Devotes one full chapter to understanding cross-cultural relationships
Includes many opening and end-of-chapter international cases
Introduces, in Chapter 1, global issues as a major context for today’s organizations.