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An Introduction to Organisational Behaviour for Managers and Engineers
A Group and Multicultural Approach

ISBN 9781138680838
Published August 21, 2017 by Routledge
264 Pages 21 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

An Introduction to Organisational Behaviour for Managers and Engineers: A Group and Multicultural Approach gives a comprehensive overview of how organisations work, with a special focus on group and team working, and issues of diversity and intercultural management.

This second edition has been updated throughout, drawing on the latest literature, along with:

  • a new chapter on organisational change, a process which all managers and engineers will encounter on the job;
  • case studies and illustrations showing theories in action;
  • more cross-referencing between chapters, showing how topics are interlinked.

This concise textbook not only provides a practical introduction to organisational behaviour for management students, but is also specifically geared towards the needs of engineering students and professionals.

Table of Contents




List of Figures and Tables

List of Case Studies

List of Illustrations

CHAPTER 1 Groups and Group Processes

CHAPTER 2 Organisational Culture

CHAPTER 3 International Cultural Differences

CHAPTER 4 Motivation

CHAPTER 5 Stress

CHAPTER 6 Organisational Politics

CHAPTER 7 Leadership

CHAPTER 8 Organisational Structures

CHAPTER 9 Communications

CHAPTER 10 Managing Change in Organisations

Appendix: McGregor’s Theories X and Y

Case Study 1 The sales executives

Case Study 2 The chief executives


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Duncan Kitchin was appointed as a lecturer in Economics at the University of Liverpool, UK, in 1965 and went on to teach economics and organisational studies in a number of universities. He is also a qualified psychotherapist.


This book offers a highly readable and very concise introduction to organizational behavior that tells the lay person everything they need to know. It also provides a wealth of insights from the author’s vast experience as a teacher and practitioner in the field. This beautifully written book is destined to become a classic.

Kevin Dowd, Professor of Finance and Economics, Durham University, UK

This book is relevant for anyone working with other people. Understanding what’s going on in an organization, and the likely barriers to survival and success, is a basic requirement in management. Having worked at a senior level with companies such as Philips, Times Newspapers Ltd and NEC, and as a past Chairman of West London CBI, and NEC SPS (UK), I see this second edition as an easy and understandable entry into the world of personal corporate survival.

Ian Toombs, M.Sc. M.A. FCIPD, past Head of Personnel at NEC Europe Ltd

Uniquely amongst management texts, Kitchin provides a comprehensive guide to essential management and leadership knowledge targeted at engineers. This thorough review of pertinent theory is grounded in the author’s direct experience, to provide a practical reference for both the student and the practicing engineer. Highly recommended.

Brian Price, Lecturer in Engineering Systems & Management, Aston University, UK