The Social Psychology of Organizational Behavior

Key Readings

Edited by Leigh L. Thompson

© 2003 – Psychology Press

448 pages

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About the Book

Each article in this collection of readings has been carefully chosen for its tremendous impact on the field of organizational behavior. It focuses specifically on micro-organizational behavior, which has almost uniquely been influenced by social psychology. The reader is carefully structured into sections which reflect a progression through widening levels of analysis: the science of organizational behavior; decision making; negotiation and social dilemmas; groups and teams; procedural justice; relationships and trust; and values, norms and politics. This volume is in an attractive, user-friendly format and will make excellent supplementary reading to courses in social psychology, industrial and organizational psychology, and business.

Table of Contents

Preface: Doctoral Education and Teaching in OB. Organizational Behavior: A Micro Perspective. Part 1: The Science and Metaphor of Micro OB. B.M. Staw, Dressing Up Like an Organization: When Psychological Theories can Explain Organizational Action. R.I. Sutton, B.M. Staw, What Theory is Not. J. Pfeffer, Barriers to the Advance of Organizational Science: Paradigm Development as a Dependent Variable. Part 2: Decision Making. B.M. Staw, Knee-Deep in the Big Muddy: A Study of Escalating Commitment to a Chosen Course of Action. D. Kahneman, D. Lovallo, Timid Choices and Bold Forecasts: A Cognitive Perspective on Risk Taking. R.M. Dawes, The Robust Beauty of Improper Linear Models in Decision Making. D. Kahneman, J.L. Knetsch, R.H. Thaler, Experimental Tests of the Endowment Effect and the Coase Theorem. G.F. Loewenstein, L. Thompson, M.H. Bazerman, Social Utility and Decision Making in Interpersonal Contexts. Part 3: Negotiation and Social Dilemmas. M.H. Bazerman, T. Magliozzi, M.A. Neale, Integrative Bargaining in a Competitive Market. M.W. Morris, R.P. Larrick, S.K. Su, Misperceiving Negotiation Counterparts: When Situationally Determined Bargaining Behaviors are Attributed to Personality Traits. L. Thompson, D. Gentner, J. Loewenstein, Avoiding Missed Opportunities in Managerial Life: Analogical Training More Powerful than Individual Case Training. M.B. Brewer, R.M. Kramer, Choice Behavior in Social Dilemmas: Effects of Social Identity, Group Size and Decision Framing. Part 4: Groups and Teams. P.B. Paulus, M.T. Dzindolet, Social Influence Processes in Group Brainstorming. D.W. Liang, R. Moreland, L. Argote, Group versus Individual Training and Group Performance: The Mediating Role of Transactive Memory. D. Gigone, R. Hastie, The Common Knowledge Effect: Information Sharing and Group Judgment. K.A. Jehn, P.P. Shah, Interpersonal Relationships and Task Performance: An Examination of Mediating Processes in Friendship and Acquaintance Groups. Part 5: Procedural Justice. E.A. Ling, R. Kanfer, P.C. Earley, Voice, Control and Procedural Justice: Instrumental and Noninstrumental Concerns in Fairness Judgments. T.R. Tyler, The Psychology of Procedural Justice: A Test of the Group-Value Model. J. Greenberg, Stealing in the Name of Justice: Informational and Interpersonal Moderators of Theft Reactions to Underpayment Inequity. Part 6: Relationships and Trust. A. Tesser, M. Millar, J. Moore, Some Affective Consequences of Social Comparison and Reflection Processes: The Pain and Pleasure of Being Close. D.J. McAllister, Affect- and Cognition-based Trust as Foundations for Interpersonal Cooperation in Organizations. D. Krackhardt, Assessing the Political Landscape: Structure, Cognition and Power in Organizations. Part 7: Values, Norms and Politics. S. Kerr, On the Folly of Rewarding A, While Hoping for B. P.E. Tetlock, Cognitive Biases and Organizational Correctives: Do Both Disease and Cure Depend on the Politics of the Beholder? D.T. Miller, The Norm of Self-Interest.

About the Series

Key Readings in Social Psychology

Given the need to be selective and to provide a coherent perspective on each theme within a single book, the editors have generally tackled a difficult brief extremely well. The breadth and depth make a volume suitable for use in many final-year and masters-degree courses in social psychology. It also provides an ideal introduction to top-level original research articles that should motivate students to pursue the current literature in a more targeted way. […] This is an excellent series that will provide an invaluable compendium of the themes that have dominated the 20th Century.” - Diane Houston, University of Kent, in the Times Higher Education Supplement

The aim of the series is to make available to senior undergraduate and graduate students key articles in each area of social psychology in an attractive, user-friendly format.

Many professors want to encourage their students to engage directly with research in their fields, yet this can often be daunting for students coming to detailed study of a topic for the first time.

Moreover, declining library budgets mean that articles are not always readily available, and course packs can be expensive and time-consuming to produce.

Key Readings in Social Psychology aims to address this need by providing comprehensive volumes, each one of which is edited by a senior and active researcher in the field.

Articles are carefully chosen to illustrate the way the field has developed historically as well as current issues and research directions.

Each volume has a similar structure that includes:

  • An overview chapter, as well as introduction to sections and articles;
  • Questions for class discussion;
  • Annotated bibliographies;
  • Full author and subject indices;
  • The article How to Read a Journal Article in Social Psychology, especially prepared for this series by Christian H. Jordan and Mark P. Zanna

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSY031000
PSYCHOLOGY / Social Psychology