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6th Edition

Business Psychology and Organizational Behaviour

ISBN 9781138182646
Published May 27, 2020 by Routledge
986 Pages

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Book Description

Business Psychology and Organizational Behaviour introduces principles and concepts in psychology and organizational behaviour with emphasis on relevance and applications. Well organised and clearly written, it draws on a sound theoretical and applied base, and utilizes real-life examples, theories, and research findings of relevance to the world of business and work.

The new edition of this best-selling textbook has been revised and updated with expanded and new material, including: proactive personality and situational theory in personality; theory of purposeful work behaviour; emotional and social anxiety in communication; decision biases and errors; and right brain activity and creativity, to name a few. There are numerous helpful features such as learning outcomes, chapter summaries, review questions, a glossary, and a comprehensive bibliography. Illustrations of practice and relevant theory and research also take the reader through individual, group, and organizational perspectives.

This is an essential textbook for undergraduates and postgraduates studying psychology and organizational behaviour. What is more, it can be profitably used on degree, diploma, professional, and short courses. It's also likely to be of interest to the reflective practitioner in work organizations.

Table of Contents




1. Historical Influences and Research Methodology


2. Personality and Intelligence

3. Psychological Testing, Selection and Appraisal

4. Motivation, Job Design and Extrinsic Rewards

5. Perception and Communication

6. Learning, Memory and Training

7. Individual Decision Making and Creativity

8. Attitudes, Values, Job Satisfaction, and Commitment


9. Groups

10. Teambuilding

11. Leadership and Management Style

12. Power, Politics, and Conflict


13. Organizational Structure and Design

14. Organizational Culture

15. Organizational Change and Development

16. Health and Work: Stress



Author Index

Subject Index

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Dr Eugene McKenna is a Professor Emeritus at the University of East London, a Chartered and Registered Occupational Psychologist, a Fellow of the British Psychological Society, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine.


 "This new edition of Business Psychology and Organizational Behaviour is outstanding. Not only does it cover thoroughly and up-to-date all the areas of business psychology and OB, but also develops new ones as well (e.g., business ethics). The standout for me are the international case studies, and particularly practitioner perspectives. A must-buy textbook in the field of OB by a renowned author and scholar."Sir Cary Cooper, CBE, 50th Anniversary Professor of Organizational Psychology & Health at the ALLIANCE Manchester Business School, University of Manchester, UK

"This new up-to-date edition of Eugene McKenna’s highly respected textbook exceeds expectations. It is my book of choice both for teaching and for reference on business psychology and organizational behavior. It brings together relevant insights from past and present research, and it clarifies how the contributions of psychology relate to those of other disciplines. What may appear to be a formidably comprehensive book is actually easy to read due to its clear style and the many summaries and examples provided." - John Child, D.Sc., FBA, Professor of Commerce, Birmingham Business School, University of Birmingham, UK

Praise for the Fifth Edition:

"The content of the book covers all the usual areas of business psychology. McKenna’s approach is scholarly, presenting research evidence for and against controversial topics before arriving at well-considered conclusions. A text such as this earns its place on the bookshelf of psychology undergraduates as a comprehensive core text."Anne Kearns, Chartered Psychologist, The Psychologist