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Organizational Behavior: A Critical-Thinking Approach / Edition 1

Organizational Behavior: A Critical-Thinking Perspective, by Christopher P. Neck, Jeffery D. Houghton, and Emma L. Murray, provides insight into OB concepts and processes through a first-of-its kind active learning experience. Thinking Critically challenge questions tied to Bloom’s taxonomy appear throughout each chapter, challenging students to apply, analyze, and create. Unique, engaging case narratives that span several chapters along with experiential exercises, self-assessments, and interviews with business professionals foster students’ abilities to think critically and creatively, highlight real-world applications, and bring OB concepts to life.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781506314402
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Publication date: 01/22/2016
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 560
Sales rank: 75,429
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 11.20(h) x 1.80(d)

About the Author

Dr. Christopher P. Neck is currently an Associate Professor of Management at Arizona State University, where he held the title “University Master Teacher.” From 1994 to 2009, he was part of the Pamplin College of Business faculty at Virginia Tech. He received his Ph D in Management from Arizona State University and his MBA from Louisiana State University. Neck is author of the books Self-Leadership: The Definitive Guide to Personal Excellence (2016, Sage); Fit To Lead: The Proven 8-week Solution for Shaping Up Your Body, Your Mind, and Your Career (2004, St. Martin’s Press; 2012, Carpenter’s Sons Publishing); Mastering Self-Leadership: Empowering Yourself for Personal Excellence, 6th edition (2013, Pearson); The Wisdom of Solomon at Work (2001, Berrett-Koehler); For Team Members Only: Making Your Workplace Team Productive and Hassle-Free (1997, Amacom Books); and Medicine for the Mind: Healing Words to Help You Soar, 4th Edition (Wiley, 2012). Neck is also the coauthor of the principles of management textbook, Management: A Balanced Approach to the 21st Century (Wiley 2013; 2017, 2nd Edition); the upcoming introductory to entrepreneurship textbook, Entrepreneurship, (Sage, 2017); and the introductory to organizational behavior textbook, Organizational Behavior (Sage, 2016).

Dr. Neck’s research specialties include employee/executive fitness, self-leadership, leadership, group decision-making processes, and self-managing teams. He has over 100 publications in the form of books, chapters, and articles in various journals. Some of the outlets in which Neck’s work has appeared include Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, The Journal of Organizational Behavior, The Academy of Management Executive, Journal of Applied Behavioral Science, The Journal of Managerial Psychology, Executive Excellence, Human Relations, Human Resource Development Quarterly, Journal of Leadership Studies, Educational Leadership, and The Commercial Law Journal.

Due to Neck’s expertise in management, he has been cited in numerous national publications, including The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, The Houston Chronicle, and the Chicago Tribune. Additionally, each semester Neck teaches an introductory management course to a single class of anywhere from 500 to 1,000 students.

Dr. Neck was the recipient of the 2007 Business Week Favorite Professor Award.” He is featured on as one of the approximately twenty professors from across the world receiving this award.

Neck currently teaches a mega section of Management Principles to approximately 500 students at Arizona State University. Neck received the Order of Omega Outstanding Teaching Award for 2012. This award is awarded to one professor at Arizona State by the Alpha Lamda Chapter of this leadership fraternity. His class sizes at Virginia Tech filled rooms up to 2,500 students. He received numerous teaching awards during his tenure at Virginia Tech, including the 2002 Wine Award for Teaching Excellence. Also, Neck was the ten-time winner (1996, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, and 2009) of the “Students’ Choice Teacher of The Year Award” (voted by the students for the best teacher of the year within the entire university). Also, some of the organizations that have participated in Neck’s management development training include GE/Toshiba, Busch Gardens, Clark Construction, the United States Army, Crestar, American Family Insurance, Sales and Marketing Executives International, American Airlines, American Electric Power, W. L. Gore & Associates, Dillard’s Department Stores, and Prudential Life Insurance. Neck is also an avid runner. He has completed 12 marathons, including the Boston Marathon, the New York City Marathon, and the San Diego Marathon. In fact, his personal record for a single long distance run is a 40-mile run.

Dr. Jeffery D. Houghton completed his Ph D in management at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) and is currently an associate professor of management at West Virginia University (WVU). Dr. Houghton has taught college-level business courses at Virginia Tech, Abilene Christian University (Texas), Lipscomb University (Tennessee), The International University (Vienna, Austria), and for the US Justice Department-Federal Bureau of Prisons. Prior to pursuing a full-time career in academics, he worked in the banking industry as a loan officer and branch manager.

A member of the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, Dr. Houghton’s research specialties include human behavior, motivation, personality, leadership, and self-leadership. He has published more than 40 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters, and his work has been cited more than 1,600 times in academic journals. He currently teaches undergraduate-, master’s-, and doctoral-level courses in management, organizational behavior, and leadership. Dr. Houghton was named the 2013 Beta Gamma Sigma Professor of the Year for the WVU College of Business and Economics, awarded annually to one faculty member within the college as selected by a vote of the student members of Beta Gamma Sigma; and he received the 2008 Outstanding Teaching Award for the WVU College of Business and Economics, awarded annually to one faculty member for outstanding teaching.

In addition to his research and teaching activities, Dr. Houghton has consulted and conducted training seminars for companies including the Federal Bureau of Investigations, Pfizer Pharmaceuticals, and the Bruce Hardwood Floors Company. In his spare time, Dr. Houghton enjoys traveling, classic mystery novels, racquetball, and snow skiing. Finally, Dr. Houghton has trained for and completed two marathons, the Marine Corps Marathon in Washington, DC, and the Dallas White Rock Marathon in Dallas, Texas.

Emma L. Murray completed a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Spanish at University College Dublin (UCD) in County Dublin, Ireland. This was followed by a Higher Diploma (Hdip) in business studies and information technology at the Michael Smurfit Graduate School of Business in County Dublin, Ireland. Following her studies, Emma spent nearly a decade in investment banking before becoming a full-time writer and author.

As a writer, Emma has worked on numerous texts, including business and economics, self-help, and psychology. Within the field of higher education, Emma worked with Dr. Christopher P. Neck and Dr. Jeffery D. Houghton on Management (Wiley 2013); and is the coauthor of the principles of management textbook Management: A Balanced Approach to the 21st Century (Wiley 2013, 2017-2nd Edition) and the coauthor of Organizational Behavior (Sage 2017).

She is the author of The Unauthorized Guide to Doing Business the Alan Sugar Way (2010, Wiley-Capstone); and the lead author of How to Succeed as a Freelancer in Publishing (2010, How To Books). She lives in London.

Table of Contents

Part 1. Introduction
Chapter 1. Why Organizational Behavior Matters
What Is Organizational Behavior and Why Is It Important?
Managing Human Capital
Behavioral Science Disciplines That Contribute to OB
A Critical-Thinking Approach to OB
OB Challenges and Opportunities
Global Ethics
Three Levels of Analysis in OB
Positive OB and High-Involvement Management
Part 2. Individual Processes
Chapter 2. Diversity and Individual Differences
Diversity in OB
The Importance of Individual Differences
Nature Versus Nurture
Myers-Briggs Type Indicator and the Four Temperaments
The Big Five Model
Other Personality Attributes
Chapter 3. Emotions, Attitudes, and Stress
Emotions in Organizational Behavior
Emotions in the Workplace
Attitudes and Behavior
Common Workplace Attitudes
Stress in the Workplace
Stress-Related Outcomes and Wellness
Chapter 4. Perceptions and Learning
Perception: Interpreting Our Environment
Components of the Selection Process
Why is Perception Important?
Common Perceptual Distortions
Common Attribution Errors
Learning Processes: Behavioral Theory
Learning Processes: The Cognitive View
Chapter 5. Motivation: Concepts and Theoretical Perspectives
The Motivation Process
Needs Theories
Equity Theory
Goal-Setting Theory
Expectancy Theory
Chapter 6. Motivation: Practices and Applications
Intrinsic Motivation
Types of Extrinsic Rewards
Motivation Through Job Design
Psychological Empowerment
Nontraditional Work Schedules
Part 3. Teams and Teamwork
Chapter 7. Teams
Teams and Teamwork in Contemporary Organizations
Types of Teams
A Model of Team Effectiveness: Context and Composition
A Model of Team Effectiveness: Processes and Outcomes
Team Decision Making
Chapter 8. Decision Making and Ethics
Decision Making and Problem Solving
A Rational Model of Decision Making
Decision Making in the Real World
Ethical Decision-Making Approaches
Chapter 9. Creativity and Innovation
Creativity and Innovation in Individuals, Teams, and Organizations
A Three-Component Model of Creativity
Support for Creativity in Organizations
The Innovation Process
Types of Innovation in Organizations
Chapter 10. Conflict and Negotiation
Conflict in Teams and Organizations
Conflict Management Strategies
Trust in Organizations
Negotiation and Dispute Resolution
Bargaining Approaches
Part 4. Leadership and Influence Processes
Chapter 11. Leadership Perspectives
What is Leadership?
Formal and Informal Leadership
Basic Leadership Types
Early Leadership Perspectives
Contemporary Leadership Perspectives
Power-Distributing Leadership Perspectives
Values-Based Leadership Perspectives
Cross-Cultural Leadership
Leadership and Gender
Chapter 12. Influence, Power, Politics
Power: Definition and Overview
Basic Sources of Power
Using Power: Tactics for Influencing Others
Consequences of Influence Tactics
Organizational Politics
Chapter 13. Effective Communication
The Role of Effective Communication in Influencing Others
Types of Communication Channels
Barriers to Communication
Communicating in Organizations
Cross-Cultural Communication
Part 5. Organizational Context
Chapter 14. Organizational Culture
Characteristics of Organizational Culture
Artifacts of Organizational Culture
Functions of Organizational Culture
Types of Organizational Cultures
Shaping Organizational Culture
Chapter 15. Organizational Strategy
Organizational Strategy
Organizational Learning as a Strategic Process
Adapting Organizational Practices Across Cultures
International Assignments and Career Development
Chapter 16. Organizational Change and Development
The Change Process
Forces for Change
Resistance to Change
Organizational Development
Types of OD Change Interventions
Chapter 17. Organizational Structure, Design, and Technology
Organizational Structure
Basic Organizing Concepts
Types of Organizational Structures
Organizational Design
Integrating Technology
Name Index
Subject Index

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