This exciting new introductory text offers a new perspective on teaching organizational behavior by framing the organization as the vehicle for implementing strategic management processes, while also breaking down how the different components of an organization are designed to work together. Unlike traditional OB texts, Organizational Behavior Today emphasizes a "big picture" examination of how organizations function in a Darwinian world, in which the primary goal of an organization is survival.
The book introduces readers to the three stages of the strategic management process: strategy formulation, strategy implementation and strategic control, thereby linking the organization to its mission, vision and strategic goals. Essential OB concepts such as work processes, policy, worker behavior, reward system, change management and leadership development are covered, and the book also highlights the impact of technology on organizations.
To support student comprehension and bring the study of OB to life, the book includes vignettes highlighting real organizations who have implemented OB processes, either successfully or unsuccessfully. End-of-chapter questions ensure that students can apply the information learned effectively. Accompanying online resources for this text, available at www.routledge.com/9780367695095, include a curated list of relevant video content. The book is suitable for undergraduates and graduate students completing a first course in Organizational Behavior, as well as a practical reference for current managers wishing to optimize organizational performance.
Table of Contents
Part I Strategic Overview
1. Organizational Strategy and Organizational Behavior
Part II Operational Issues
2. Strategy Implementation and the Organization
3. Management Systems
4. Work Processes
6. Organizational Design
Part III Management Initiatives
7. Organizational Culture
8. Change Management in Organizations
9. Leadership and Leadership Development
10. Organizational Development and Training
Part IV People Dynamics
11. Team Development and Team Management
12. Group and Individual Decision Making
13. Motivation and Effective Work Performance
Part V Special Organizational Topics
15. Communication Management
15. Technology and the Organization’s Workforce
Stanley C. Ross is Associate Professor of Management at Bridgewater State University, USA.
"Author Stanley Ross has done a fantastic job putting together the pieces of the great puzzle of organizational behavior in a way that is accessible to all readers. Students, practitioners, and scholars will benefit from the text’s clarity of explanation, real-life case studies, and integration of policy and policy-making. Organizational Behavior Today is a must-read." Dr. Habib Chamoun-Nicolas, Professor of International Negotiations and Business Development, University of St Thomas, Houston
"I highly recommend this textbook as it examines the foundational theories and most important concepts of Organizational Behavior to help students comprehend and apply OB practices in the workplace. The text also provides an overview of the most current OB research along with examples of how real businesses are implementing OB concepts. The text includes illustrations, case studies, and end-of-chapter questions to help enhance student comprehension." Kennedy Kwabena Amofa, Assistant Professor of Business Administration, Columbia College
"Organizational Behavior Today is written in a very organized way that’s easy to follow. As a business forensics specialist, I deal with organizational behavior regularly. This book will help guide employees and employers to understand how their organization works and how to improve it inside and out." Johnathon Vermaelen, Review Assistant in E-Discovery and Forensic Accounting, and Author of Business Forensics 101