Organizational Behavior: A Diagnostic Approach

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The fifth edition integrates theory, research and applications. Each chapter is divided into two parts: text, where OB theories and research are presented, along with current examples from organizations around the world, and activities, including case exercises, self-assessment exercises, group activities, and ABC video exercises. The book retains its strong emphasis in diversity issues - multiculturalism, gender, and multinationalism. This is not a cut-and-dry approach to OB - Gordon's underlying viewpoint assumes that more than one perspective in OB can be right. She prepares students to analyze organizational situations in a variety of ways, rather than just one. This approach integrates diagnosis - describing, understanding, and explaining behaviour - and action - controlling, managing, or influencing behaviour - to bridge the gap between comprehension and understanding. New or expanded coverage includes learning organizations, impact of IT, re-engineering, horizontal, modular and virtual organizations, electronic media, global competitiveness and social cognition.

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In this new edition, Judith R. Gordon continues to show students how to use theory and research in organizational behavior to improve practice. By using a diagnostic approach, the text encourages students to describe situations completely, diagnose the organizational behavior found in a situation, prescribe the best practices or most appropriate behavior for a given organizational situation, and then act effectively in those situations.

With the most up-to-date examples and information, Organizational Behavior: A Diagnostic Approach 7/e offers students the skills to be more effective as both managers and employees.

    Features:
  • New! 8 Comprehensive end-of-part cases.
  • New and expanded coverage of such topics as: competencies required by managers; organizations of the new millennium; electronic decision making; key forces that shape industry; virtual teams; multinational teams; and women, minorities, older, and physically-challenged workers.
  • New! Integrated coverage of e-business topics.
  • "A Manager's Preview" at the beginning of each chapter highlights key action areas and links to the "A Manager's Diagnostic Review" at the end of each chapter.
  • New! A custom PHLIP/CW Web site at www.prenhall.com/gordon. This is a content-rich, multidisciplinary business education Web site created by professors for professors and their students. PHILIP provides academic support for this text, including current events, an interactive study guide, Internet resources, and much more!

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Managers today face an extremely unpredictable, dynamic environment as they struggle to compete in the global marketplace. Dot-com companies have changed the face of business, giving rise to overnight successes and equally quick failures. Managers must have a repertoire of skills and experiences to help them manage today's workforce in the dot-com, global workplace. The seventh edition of Organizational Behavior: A Diagnostic Approach helps managers develop the knowledge and abilities to effectively lead their organizations in the 21st century. This book includes extensive examples of real-world organizational situations in which managers have dealt with the challenges of the new millennium.

CONTENT UPDATES

The seventh edition incorporates the latest thinking about individuals, groups and teams, and organizations. Note particularly expanded or new coverage in the following areas:

  • Additional competencies required by managers (chapter 1)
  • Organizations of the new millennium (chapter 1)
  • Key forces that shape industry (chapter 1)
  • Women, minorities, older, and physically-challenged workers (chapter 3)
  • Broadbanding and competency based pay systems (chapter 4)
  • Electronic group decision making (chapter 5)
  • Virtual teams (chapter 6)
  • Multinational teams (chapter 6)
  • Electronic communication (chapter 7)
  • Types of cultures (chapter 11)
  • Lattice organization (chapter 12)
  • Virtual and networked structures (chapter 12)
  • Managing in a dot-com, global workplace (all chapters)

THE DIAGNOSTIC APPROACH

Similar to previous editions, the diagnostic approach provides the conceptual underpinning of this book. This approach encourages managers to describe situations completely, diagnose the organizational behavior found in a situation, prescribe the best practices or most appropriate behavior for given organizational situation, and then act effectively in those situations. Each chapter's introductory scenario describes a situation. Then the theories and concepts that help diagnose the events of the scenario as well as other organizational situations are presented. End-of-chapter activities and end-of-part cases give students the opportunity to practice their diagnostic and action skills.

SPECIAL FEATURES

The seventh edition has a number of special features:

  • Current real-world examples integrated throughout the text.
  • Learning objectives at the beginning of each chapter.
  • A Manager's Preview at the beginning of each chapter that highlights key action areas and topics.
  • A Summary at the end of each chapter.
  • A Manager's Diagnostic Review at the end of each chapter that helps managers implement the key topics presented in the chapter.
  • Thinking Critically about Organizational Behavior discussion questions to prompt critical thinking about chapter topics.
  • End-of-chapter activities that allow students to practice the Diagnostic Approach and apply knowledge and skills from the chapter.
  • A strong supplemental package.
  • A comprehensive Web site.

ORGANIZATION OF THE BOOK

The seventh edition, like previous editions, begins with individuals in organizations, then looks at groups and teams, and finally considers the nature of the organization itself. The book begins in chapter 1 with an overview of issues faced by today's managers. It offers approaches for studying them and also describes the diagnostic approach.

Part two considers individual behavior. Chapter 2 examines perception, attribution, and learning in the workplace. Chapter 3 looks at individual characteristics of managers and workers, as well as workplace diversity, and career and work-life issues. Chapter 4 presents ways to motivate and reward employees. Chapter 5 investigates decision-making by individuals in organizations.

Part three examines group and team behavior. Chapter 6 discusses the nature of high-performing work groups and teams. Chapter 7 presents issues related to effective communication. Chapter 8-identifies the nature of effective leadership. Chapter 9 helps managers diagnose power and manage conflict and stress. Chapter 10 looks at the interactions between groups and ways of negotiating effectively.

Part four considers organizations in action. Chapter 11 talks about ways to build an effective and productive organizational culture. Chapters 12 and 13 explore various structural options. Chapter 14 examines the management of change in organizations.

Acknowledgments

I wish to thank many people for their support in developing the seventh edition of Organizational Behavior: A Diagnostic Approach. First, I want to thank the adopters and reviewers of previous editions of this book. I extend my special thanks to the reviewers who helped with this revision: Linda Gibson, Pacific Lutheran University; Pamela Pommerenke, Michigan State University; Hamid Akbari, Northeastern Illinois State University; and Timothy McCartney, NOVA Southeastern University.

Second, I want to thank the people at Prentice Hall who contributed to this book. My greatest appreciation for their help and support goes to Melissa Steffens, the acquisitions editor, and Theresa Festa, the production editor.

Third, I extend my appreciation to my colleagues at the Carroll School of Management of Boston College who have supported my writing efforts and have adopted my book in their class. I thank Helen Frame Peters, Dean of the Carroll School of Management, for her support. I extend special thanks to Jean Passavant, Mary Dunn, and Emily Peckham who have helped handle administrative and other details.

My greatest appreciation goes to my family. As always, I dedicate this book to them.

Judith R. Gordon
Newton, Massachusetts

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