With the globalization of work and technological advancements in recent years, and with emphasis on service quality today, organizations have changed. Virtual work has emerged as the new employment relationship and has been embraced by employees and employers in many industries. This book explores the dynamics of changing organization structures, theories of leadership and trust, and how dimensions of self-efficacy works in this new work relationship. Organizational Behavior and Virtual Work: Concepts and Analytical Approaches shows the enormous impact of technology and globalization on employment relationships and also predicts how they will contribute to the changing dimensions of organizations in the future. With a unique blend of theory and application in the real world of virtual workers, the book presents the most recent research and developments in the relatively new and still emerging area of virtual work. It takes an in-depth critical look into the key factors affecting the virtual work environment with practical inputs of suggestions and recommendations.
With the objective of presenting information about this new work scenario, this book attempts to unfold important human behavior processes in organizations. The volume presents a rare combination of the necessary concepts of human behavior in organizations along with the results of research in the field and also makes practical recommendations on virtual work programs.
Key features include a unique blend of research with organizational behavior concepts and practical recommendations for workers, managers, and business executives.
Table of Contents
PART I: Introduction of Concepts
Elements of Organizations
Challenges of Organizational Design
Dimensions of Structure
Contemporary Organizational Designs
Challenges for Today’s Organizational Design
Organizational Life Cycle
Is It Possible to Change Corporate Culture?
How Do We Define Leadership?
Are Leaders Born or Made?
Leaders versus Managers
Qualities of Leaders
The Personality Profile of Effective Leaders
Ethics and Leadership
The Role of Leadership in Organization
Team in Organization
The Four Roles of Leadership
The Leadership Challenge
Guidelines for Leading Meetings
Activities of Successful and Effective Leaders
Goals, Values, and Concepts
Roles and Relationships
Determination of Effective Leadership: Various Dimensions
How Founders/Leaders Embed and Transmit Culture
Positive Organizational Behavior
Basic Social Learning Concepts
Types of Trust
Barriers to Building a Culture for Trust in Organizations
Leadership and Organizational Trust
Measuring Organizational Trust
How to Develop Trust in Organizations
Trust and Globalization
Work Life Balance
Work Life Balance Defined
Dual Career Families
Work Life Balance Initiatives
Studies on Work Life Balance
Women and Family
Globalization and Virtual Work
Emerging Trends in Employment Relationships
PART II: Research and Critical Analysis
Research on the Relation Between Leadership Effectiveness, Perceived Organizational Climate, Interpersonal Trust and Self Efficacy Among Virtual Workers In Different Organization: Introduction
Review of Literature
Studies of Organizational Climate
Studies of Leadership
Studies of Self Efficacy
Studies of Trust
Studies of Job Involvement
Rationale of the Study
Rationale of the Sample
Distribution of the Sample
Measures and Scoring Methods
Summary and Conclusion
Limitations, Suggestions, and Implications
Arvind K. Birdie, PhD, is an associate professor and acting principal at IIMT School of Management (Oxford Brooks University), Gurgaon, India. Dr. Birdie has been consistently recognized for her teaching abilities. As an avid reader, her strength lies in teaching various interdisciplinary subjects with equal ease. Besides academic teaching and training, she has organized management development programs for corporate and academicians. She is a regular presenter at various international and national conferences and has published several papers in refereed journals. Her areas of interest include leadership, work-life balance, virtual work, and positive psychology. She is taking post-graduate and graduate courses of management for over 12 years.
Madhu Jain, PhD, is presently associate professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Rajasthan, Jaipur, India. She is also director of the Department of Life Long Learning, also at the University of Rajasthan, Jaipur, India. She has been teaching and guiding postgraduate, graduate, and PhD students for over two decades and has supervised several research projects at the advanced level as well. Dr. Jain has published nearly 40 papers in scholarly national and international journals and also published four books in the area of psychology. Dr. Jain is associated with many national and international associations. As a student, she was a Gold Medalist and Merit Holder at the graduate and postgraduate level.
Apple Academic Press, Inc., is proud to announce that Dr. Arvind K. Birdie has been honored with the Prof. Mrs. Manju Thakur Memorial Award 2016 for Innovative Contributions in Research/Test Construction/Book Publication for her book, Organizational Behavior and Virtual Work: Concepts and Analytical Approaches. The award was presented during the 52nd National and 21st International Conference of the Indian Academy of Applied Psychology, held at the Department of Psychology, University of Rajasthan, Jaipur, February 23rd–25th, 2017. Our congratulations to Dr. Birdie!
"This book could not have come at a better time. Currently organizations globally are dealing with a dynamic business as well as a cultural environment that is redefining how organizations will structure and conduct themselves. The book focuses on all the quintessential aspects, like role of leadership, trust, self-efficacy and work-life balance, in an effective manner. A fantastic read for anyone trying to understand and innovate toward building a performance-oriented organization that draws the best from human resource and the IT enablers that are available to be deployed. Unlike other texts on the subject area the book brings a balance of theory and practice. Part 2 offers a critical analysis and presents research that connects practice with theory in a seamless manner. Chapters on work-life balance offer a critical view of this rather ignored aspect. The discussion on managing performance of virtual workers is an aspect that is going to become increasingly important to respond to. The book is a must read for a wide audience of readers, recommend folks to grab a copy in real earnest."
— Prof. Sandeep Munjal, Director, Vedatya Institute, Gurgaon, India