This is the first comprehensive overview of the development of the field of Organizational Behavior. It belongs on the shelf of every scholar and student in the discipline.
Part I covers the foundations of the scientific method, theory development, and the accrual of scientific knowledge in the field. Part II introduces the ideas of pioneers whose work pre-dates the emergence of Organizational Behavior. Part III considers the actual emergence of OB as we know it today, with an analysis of the environmental forces that impinged upon it (such as the recruiting of social scientists into business schools). Part IV presents an assessment of the current state of the art in OB research, with an original assessment of the importance, validity, and practical usefulness of 73 core theories in OB. Finally, Part V sets forth a vision for the future identity and growth of Organizational Behavior research, theory, and practice.
Table of Contents
1. Science and Its Theory 2. The Conduct of Research and the Development of Knowledge 3. Organizational Decision Making 4. Administrative Behavior and Organizations 5. Behavioral Theory of the Firm 6. Organizational Learning Concepts 7. Organizational and Sensemaking 8. Image Theory 9. Bueucralted Concepts 10. The Theory of Bureucracy 11. Theory Undergirding the Aston Studies 12. Theory of Differentiation 13. Goal Congruence Theory and Organization Development 14. Organization Culture Theory and Process Consultation 15. Sociological Concepts of Organization 16. External Control of Organization Resource Dependence Perspective 17. System Concepts of Organizations 18. Control Theory Using the Control Graph 19. The Social Psychology of Organizations 20. Sociotechnical Systems Theory 21. Sociological Open Systems Theory 22. Mechanistic and Organic Systems Contingency Theory of Organizations Differentiation and Integration 23. Neoinstitutional Theory 24. Organizational Ecology and Demography
"The state of the art of organizational behaviour theories" Academy of Management Review