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Introducing Organizational Behaviour & Management [Paperback]

David Knights , Hugh Willmott
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2 Oct 2006
This eagerly awaited introductory textbook provides a fresh approach to the study of Organizational Behaviour and management. Seeking to make the subject matter more relevant and accessible, it treats Organizational Behaviour as a field of activity that has many parallels with what is experienced in everyday life. Students will find it easier to learn about organizations by appreciating how work relations and management activities are not so distant from their own everyday lives. Uniquely, this book presents two distinct and highly contrasting perspectives on Organizational Behaviour. Key elements of what is conventionally studied in the field are introduced and treated as a foil for introducing a critical, less orthodox perspective. Written with the introductory Organizational Behaviour student in mind, this exciting new text has a four-colour design and uses classic pedagogical features such as case studies, think points, discussion questions, learning objectives and linked chapter summaries in order to engage students and provide a stimulating learning and teaching environment.

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  • Paperback: 728 pages
  • Publisher: Thomson Learning (2 Oct 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844800350
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844800353
  • Product Dimensions: 2.8 x 21.8 x 28.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 107,541 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"This is an excellent text that scratches beneath surfaces left untouched by many other similar books. It offers students a largely unrivalled means of understanding and critiquing organisational behaviour by foregrounding key concepts such as identity, power, inequality and knowledge. Whilst the primary market for this book is likely to be undergraduate students on business, management and OB programmes it will also be a valuable supplementary text on a range of leadership and management courses in fields such as education, medicine and social work. It should also be of interest to teachers and students of A level Business Studies, particularly for those higher attaining students wishing to add a critical edge to their work in this area." -- Dave Hall - Senior Lecturer in Business Education, School of Education, University of Manchester

"This text is novel and breathes new life into the study of organizational behaviour by providing a very engaging critical lens to topics and issues such as motivation, teams, knowledge, leadership, culture, ethics and globalization. While the breadth of topics is daunting, Knights, Willmott and colleagues have developed a masterfully integrated text that will serve undergraduate and graduate students well."
-- Professor Michael Lounsbury, University of Alberta School of Business and National Institute for Nanotechnology (NINT)

"The main strengths are the lively and interesting way the chapters are written, and the way in which the critical approaches are introduced to the students."
-- Valerie Caven, Nottingham Trent University

"The strengths of the book are first and foremost that it makes the critical perspective available via some excellent contributors." -- Terry McNulty, University of Liverpool

"There are many good things about this text. It is explicit in its engagement with mainstream and critical material. It avoids the temptation to include every topic under the sun at the expense of depth or excessive length. Having an edited collection works well in that it produces variety in style and approach." -- Patricia Findlay, University of Edinburgh

"This textbook offers a refreshing change from traditional OB books that only offer students a managerial point of view. Taking on all the usual suspects - individual differences, motivation, leadership, organization structure and design, culture, power and politics, and so on - David Knights and Hugh Willmott and their colleagues present received wisdom alongside insightful resistance to and critique of the same. Full of detailed examples that invite students to engage in critical reflection on their own assumptions about how organizations operate as well as on the field of organizational behavior and its proponents, this book will change the way you teach organizational behavior for the better. Reasoned, insightful and even handed are just some of the accolades I give the authors of this fine contribution to the field of organization studies." -- Mary Jo Hatch, Professor Emerita, McIntire School of Commerce, University of Virginia

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"This text is novel and breathes new life into the study of organizational behaviour by providing a very engaging critical lens to topics and issues such as motivation, teams, knowledge, leadership, culture, ethics and globalization. While the breadth of topics is daunting, Knights, Willmott and colleagues have developed a masterfully integrated text that will serve undergraduate and graduate students well."

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Much of our waking lives is spent in organizations: as students, for example, in schools or universities; as consumers in leisure organizations, such as shops and clubs; or as producers in work organizations, such as factories or offices (which, of course, include shops, schools and clubs). Read the first page
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
I have been using this textbook since 2007 with around 200 students at UG and PG levels. They seemed to like it and commented positively.

My favourite feature about this book is that it addresses conventional OB topics through a wide variety of perspectives.

For instance, it addresses the limitations of bureaucracy but also those of post-bureaucracy where the quest for a 'streamlined' organisation ends up disempowering employees. Other examples include the topics of motivation, leadership, technology, power games, gender, etc.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good book for management undergrads 24 Feb 2012
Was of great help to get a clearer view on the subject. Must read.
This allowed to get more sources as well to expand my reading. This is demanded if you wish to get a first.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Insulting 6 Jan 2011
By J.V
Don't buy this book. I'm having to read it for my university course and it's just insulting how 'relevant' the authors try to be. For example, here's a bit from a case study in the book (pg. 11):

"Also, in student jargon, the pub was pretty good for 'pulling'. Jackie was now in her second semester of her first year and had already 'pulled' a couple of pretty fit lads"

The authors are, politely put, at least above 50... You can almost see them talking to a young person going "so what do you kids call it these days?"

As a student I would rather a book which had examples that just got to the point rather than drone on and tell a made up story that just insults any student trying to take the book seriously.

And as far as pricing goes, if you get the book for 5 then it's worth it since it will make an excellent paper weight or kindle, other than that I don't recommend paying anything more than 10 for it.
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3 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars organizational behaviour management 30 Aug 2009
By lmarie
This is required reading for a masters course I am taking online. I do not recommend it. It is written in a pedantic and incomprehensible style, full of run-on sentences which make it difficult to absorb the content. I have to read every sentence at least three times.

For example, p. 146: "In the name of empowerment, this system cuts the possibility of breathing space and personal autonomy that 'buffers' of different kinds made possible."

What the heck? Can anybody tell me what this means?

I think the proof reader fell asleep, or this is a badly translated version of something that was originally written in a language other than English.

It does not really deserve one star.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Up, Up and Away the best management text 6 Jan 2010
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This text is through and well-written. It links the theory to the reality of managing people in today's business environment. I really learned a lot from this book.
5.0 out of 5 stars my first purchase on 3 April 2010
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I was definitely surprised and was very pleased that this book was all that it was advertised to be. It was also delivered in the time frame stated. I will be shopping on from now on..
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2.0 out of 5 stars Painful 10 Jun 2012
By schoolagain - Published on
A required text for a class. Written by English authors, the book is very difficult to read. There is no flow. The author tells you what he is plannning to talk about it, he discusses the topic at length, gives more examples, discusses again, then summarizes-- truly overkill. The authors use convoluted text so that you need to read two to three times to understand the content-- painful and time consuming!!!
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