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5th Edition

Business Psychology and Organizational Behaviour

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ISBN 9781848720350
Published February 13, 2012 by Psychology Press
872 Pages

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Book Description

Now in full colour, the fifth edition of this best-selling textbook introduces all of the major theories, research findings, principles and concepts in business psychology and organizational behaviour, whilst emphasising their real-life application using relevant examples. The book, which is well-organized and clearly written, takes the reader through individual, group, and organizational/HR perspectives on the subject, while at the same time offering an appreciation of their historical development and methodological issues.

The text has an improved structure and style of presentation, and has been revised and updated with new and expanded material including coverage of: recent debates in occupational psychology; investor psychology or behavioural finance; cognitive evaluation theory; employee engagement and positive psychology; corporate memories in culture; storytelling and social media; technostress and environmental influences on stress; and emergent trends in selection.

The book’s numerous helpful features include panels which contain relevant theories, research and illustrations of practice; learning outcomes; chapter summaries; review questions; a comprehensive bibliography; and a glossary. For lecturers who adopt the book, we provide access to a wealth of online teaching resources, including a chapter-by-chapter lecture course and multiple-choice question testbanks.

This is an essential textbook for undergraduates and postgraduates studying psychology and organizational behaviour; it will also be welcomed as a rich source of information by practitioners in organizations.

Table of Contents

Part 1. Perspectives and Enquiry 1. Historical Influences and Research Methodology Part 2. The Individual 2. Personality 3. Intelligence and Psychological Testing 4. Motivation and Job Design 5. Perception 6. Communication 7. Learning and Memory  8. Individual Decision Making and Creativity 9. Attitudes, Values, Job Satisfaction and Commitment Part 3. The Group 10. Groups 11. Teambuilding 12. Leadership and Management Style 13. Power, Politics and Conflict Part 4. The Organization 14. Organizational Structure and Design 15. Organizational Culture 16. Organizational Change and Development 17. Health and Work: Stress Part 5. Occupational Psychology/Human Resource Techniques 18. Selection and Appraisal 19. Rewards, Training and Development.

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Dr Eugene McKenna, Chartered and Registered Occupational Psychologist, is Professor Emeritus, University of East London and, Visiting Faculty of the Business School, University of Strathclyde in Glasgow. He is a Fellow of the British Psychological Society, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine.


"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, retired Chartered Occupational Psychologist in The Psychologist

"This book presents the important theoretical and conceptual issues along with multiple relevant, real-life examples. Readers should be able to fully understand and appreciate the importance of psychology to behaviour in individual, organisational and societal settings. A core text for anyone interested in human behaviour in organisations!" - Sharon Feeney, College of Business, Dublin Institute of Technology, Republic of Ireland

"This substantially revised edition of McKenna’s classic textbook is a labour of love. It enables people interested in human behaviour in the workplace, but without a background in psychology, to follow the development of this influential discipline. It is a wide ranging, honest and representative survey of the field and is a very useful resource to undergraduates, postgraduates and professionals in occupational psychology, business studies and management science." - George Erdos, Senior Lecturer, School of Psychology, Newcastle University, UK

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