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This best selling brief alternative for the OB course covers all the key concepts needed to understand, predict, and respond to the behavior of people in real world organizations, including cutting-edge topics and streamlined pedagogy to allow maximum flexibility in designing and shaping your course.

This tenth edition has been updated to include new research, examples, and topics, including, but not limited to, sections on attitudes, global implications, commitment and work engagement, virtual teams, and positive organizational culture. Chapters have been updated with new sections to help readers focus on key concepts and to explain the implications of emerging technologies.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780136077619
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall
  • Publication date: 2/25/2009
  • Series: Alternative eText Formats Series
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 10
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents


CHAPTER 1 Introduction to Organizational Behavior


CHAPTER 2 Personality and Values

CHAPTER 3 Perception and Individual Decision Making

CHAPTER 4 Job Attitudes

CHAPTER 5 Motivation Concepts

CHAPTER 6 Motivation: From Concepts to Applications

CHAPTER 7 Emotions and Moods


CHAPTER 8 Foundations of Group Behavior

CHAPTER 9 Understanding Work Teams

CHAPTER 10 Communication

CHAPTER 11 Leadership

CHAPTER 12 Power and Politics

CHAPTER 13 Conflict and Negotiation


CHAPTER 14 Foundations of Organization Structure

CHAPTER 15 Organizational Culture

CHAPTER 16 Organizational Change

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This book was created as an alternative to the 600- or 700-page comprehensive textbook in organizational behavior (OB). It attempts to provide balanced coverage of all the key elements comprising the discipline of OB, in a style that readers will find both informative and interesting. I'm pleased to say that this text has achieved a wide following in short courses and executive programs and in traditional courses as a companion volume with experiential, skill development, case, and readings books. It is currently used at more than 400 colleges and universities in the United States, Canada, Latin America, Europe, Australia, and Asia. It's also been translated into Bahasa Indonesian, Chinese, Dutch, Japanese, Polish, and Spanish.


What do people like about this book? Surveys of users have found general agreement about the following features. Needless to say, they've all been retained in this edition.

  • Length. Since its inception in 1984, I've tried diligently to keep this book to approximately 300 pages. Users tell me this length allows them considerable flexibility in assigning supporting materials and projects.
  • Balanced topic coverage. Although short in length, this book continues to provide balanced coverage of all the key concepts in OB. This includes not only traditional topics such as personality, motivation, and leadership; but also cutting-edge issues such as emotions, trust, work-life balance, workplace spirituality, knowledge management, and e-organizations.
  • Writing style. This book is frequently singled out for the fluid writing style and extensive use of examples. Usersregularly tell me that they find this book "conversational," "interesting," "student-friendly," and "very clear and understandable."
  • Practicality. This book has never been solely about theory. It's about using theory to better explain and predict the behavior of people in organizations. In each edition of this book, I have focused on making sure that readers see the link between OB theories, research, and implications for practice.
  • Absence of pedagogy. Part of the reason I've been able to keep this book short in length is that it doesn't include review questions, cases, exercises, or similar teaching/learning aids. This book continues to provide only the basic core of OB knowledge, allowing instructors the maximum flexibility in designing and shaping their course.
  • Integration of globalization, diversity, and ethics. As shown in Exhibit A, the topics of globalization and cross-cultural differences, diversity, and ethics are discussed throughout this book. Rather than presented in stand-alone chapters, these topics have been woven into the context of relevant issues. Users tell me they find this integrative approach makes these topics more fully part of OB and reinforces their importance.
  • Comprehensive supplements. While this book may be short in length, it's not short on supplements. It comes with a complete, high-tech support package for both faculty and students. This includes a comprehensive instructor's manual and Test Item File; a dedicated Web site; an Instructor's Resource CD-ROM, including the computerized Test Item File, instructor's manual, and PowerPoint slides; and the Robbins Self-Assessment Library, which provides students with insights into their skills, abilities, and interests. These supplements are described in detail later in this Preface.


This seventh edition has been updated in terms of research, examples, and topic coverage. For instance, you'll find new material in this edition on:

  • Organizational citizenship behavior (Chapters 1 and 2)
  • Work-life balance (Chapter 1)Amabile's model of creativity in decision making (Chapter 6)
  • Group demography (Chapter 7)
  • Team-effectiveness model (Chapter 8)
  • Low- and high-context cultures (Chapter 9)
  • Leader-member exchange theory (Chapter 10)
  • OB and the e-organization (Chapter 14)
  • Mass customization (Chapter 14)
  • Flextime and telecommuting (Chapter 14)
  • Employee selection and training (Chapter 15)
  • Workplace spirituality (Chapter 16)
  • Knowledge management (Chapter 17)


Essentials of Organizational Behavior continues to be supported with an extensive supplement package for both students and faculty.

For the Student

  • The updated and revised Robbins Self-Assessment Library is available with this text as a no-cost option. It contains 50 exercises that provide insights into your skills, abilities, and interests. This is available in both print and CD-ROM formats as well as online.
  • Companion Web site—The Companion Web site is the industry standard for companion Web sites. Designed by professors for professors and their students, it provides a customized course Web site, including new communication tools, one-click navigation of chapter content, and other valuable resources.

For the Professor

  • Instructor's Manual with Test Item File—The instructor's manual portion includes learning objectives, chapter outlines, chapter summaries, discussion questions, and skill exercises; the Test Item File provides true/false, multiplechoice, and essay questions.
  • Companion Web site—The Companion Web site provides professors with bimonthly news articles integrated into the text with accompanying discussion questions and group exercises, online delivery of PowerPoint slides and instructor's material, and sample syllabi and teaching suggestions posted on a community chat room.
  • Instructor's Resource CD-ROM—The Instructor's Resource CD-ROM contains the computerized Test Item File, PowerPoint Electronic Transparencies, and the instructor's manual. A revised, comprehensive package of text outlines and figures corresponding to the text, the PowerPoint Electronic Transparencies are designed to aid the educator and supplement in-class lectures. Containing all of the questions in the printed Test Item File, Test Manager is a comprehensive suite of tools for testing and assessment. Test Manager allows educators to easily create and distribute tests for their courses, either by printing and distributing through traditional methods or by an online delivery via Local Area Network (LAN) servers.
  • Videos—important topics in organizational behavior are illustrated in the accompanying videos. Real companies are used to highlight organizational behavior practices that work!


A number of people played critical roles in helping to produce this revision. Special thanks are extended to the following reviewers for their helpful comments and suggestions: Professor Claudia Harris, North Carolina Central University; Dr. David A. Foote, Middle Tennessee State University; Jeffrey J. Sherwood, Washington State University; Dr. Jenna Lundberg, Ithaca College; Dr. Carol I. Young, Wittenberg University; Dr. Angeline W. McArthur, University of Wisconsin-Parkside.

At Prentice-Hall, I want to thank David Shafer, Jennifer Glennon, Melanie Olsen, Kim Marsden, Shannon Moore, Judy Leale, Keri Jean, and Janet Slowik for overseeing the production and marketing of this book. And, finally, I want to thank my wife, Laura, for her love and support.


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