Organizational Behavior: Science, The Real World, and You / Edition 8

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Overview

Guide today's students as they learn not only the concepts and theories that enhance the management of human behavior at work but also how to practice these skills with Nelson/Quick's ORGANIZATIONAL BEHAVIOR. The latest edition of this leading text clearly demonstrates how organizational behavior theories and research apply to companies today with engaging cases, meaningful exercises, and examples that include six new focus companies students will instantly recognize. The authors present foundational organizational behavior topics, such as motivation, leadership, teamwork, and communication. Readers also examine emerging issues, such as the theme of change as well as globalization, diversity, and ethics. The authors anchor the book's multifaceted approach in both classic research and leading-edge scholarship. Timely examples from all types of organizations reflect today's most current trends. Self-assessments and other interactive learning opportunities encourage each reader to grow and develop—both as an individual and as an important contributor to an organization.

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"[Nelson strengths include]: (1) Well organized, easy for students to understand the material especially as it is applied to vignettes of various organizations . . . student aids are great! (2) The textbook mirrors the real world by featuring both successes and failures . . . the focus on globalization, diversity, and ethics reflects reality. (3) Instructor's manual, videos, text bank, etc. are very helpful and have saved me a lot of preparation time. . . . I definitely plan to continue to use the Nelson/Quick text in the future."

"I like this text and it is much better than the current one we utilize. The text flows well, reads easy and has wonderful learning activities!"

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781111825867
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 2/11/2012
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 8
  • Pages: 800
  • Sales rank: 80,696
  • Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr. Debra L. Nelson is the CBA Associates Professor of Business Administration and Professor of Management at Oklahoma State University. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Arlington, where she was the recipient of the R. D. Irwin Dissertation Fellowship Award. Dr. Nelson is the author of over 70 journal articles focusing on organizational stress management, gender differences at work, and positive organizational behavior. Dr. Nelson's research has been published in the ACADEMY OF MANAGEMENT EXECUTIVE, ACADEMY OF MANAGEMENT JOURNAL, ACADEMY OF MANAGEMENT REVIEW, MIS QUARTERLY, ORGANIZATIONAL DYNAMICS, JOURNAL OF ORGANIZATIONAL BEHAVIOR, and other journals. In addition, she is coauthor/coeditor of several books, including POSITIVE ORGANIZATIONAL BEHAVIOR (Sage, 2007); UNDERSTANDING ORGANIZATIONAL BEHAVIOR (South-Western, 2008); GENDER, WORK STRESS, AND HEALTH (APA, 2002); ADVANCING WOMEN IN MANAGEMENT (Blackwell, 2002); and PREVENTIVE STRESS MANAGEMENT IN ORGANIZATIONS (APA, 1997). Dr. Nelson has also served as a consultant to several organizations including AT&T, American Fidelity Assurance, Sonic, State Farm Insurance Companies, and Southwestern Bell. She has presented leadership and preventive stress management seminars in a host of organizations, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Conoco, and Oklahoma Gas and Electric. Dr. Nelson also serves on the editorial review boards of the JOURNAL OF ORGANIZATIONAL BEHAVIOR, LEADERSHIP, and the JOURNAL OF LEADERSHIP AND ORGANIZATION STUDIES.

Dr. James Campbell (Jim) Quick is John and Judy Goolsby Distinguished Professor in the Goolsby Leadership Academy, Distinguished Professor in the Academy of Distinguished Teachers, and Professor of Organizational Behavior in the Department of Management, College of Business at The University of Texas at Arlington. He earned an A.B. with Honors from Colgate University. He earned an M.B.A. and a Ph.D. at the University of Houston. He completed postgraduate courses in behavioral medicine (Harvard Medical School) and combat stress (University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio). Dr. Quick is a Fellow of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, the American Psychological Association, and the American Institute of Stress. Dr. Quick's and his brother's signature theory is preventive stress management, now in the APA Dictionary of Psychology (2007). Dr. Quick has over 100 books, book chapters, journal articles, and clinical monographs in 10 languages. Dr. Quick's awards and recognitions include Beta Gamma Sigma and Phi Beta Delta honor societies membership; The Maroon Citation (Colgate University Alumni Corporation, 1993); 2002 Harry and Miriam Levinson Award (American Psychological Foundation); and a Presidential Citation (American Psychological Association, 2001). Quick won the 2007-2008 Honors College Outstanding Faculty Award and 2009 Award for Distinguished Record of Research at UT Arlington. Colonel Quick, United States Air Force Reserve (Ret.) was Distinguished Visiting Professor of Psychology, 59th Medical Wing (1999) and Visiting Scholar, United States Military Academy at West Point (2007). His awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal, and National Defense Service Medal with Bronze Star. He currently serves by appointment from Secretary of Defense Robert Gates on the Defense Health Board's Psychological Health External Advisory Subcommittee.

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Table of Contents

Part I: INTRODUCTION. 1. Organizational Behavior and Opportunity. 2. Challenges for Managers. Part II: INDIVIDUAL PROCESSES AND BEHAVIOR. 3. Personality, Perception, and Attribution. 4. Attitudes, Emotions, and Ethics. 5. Motivation at Work. 6. Learning and Performance Management. 7. Stress and Well-Being at Work. Part III: INTERPERSONAL PROCESSES AND BEHAVIOR. 8. Communication. 9. Work Teams and Groups. 10. Decision Making by Individuals and Groups. 11. Power and Political Behavior. 12. Leadership and Followership. 13. Conflict and Negotiation. Part IV: ORGANIZATIONAL PROCESSES AND STRUCTURE. 14. Jobs and the Design of Work. 15. Organizational Design and Structure. 16. Organizational Culture. 17. Career Management. 18. Managing Change. Appendix A: A Brief Historical Perspective. Appendix B: How Do We Know What We Know about Organizational Behavior?

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