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Organizational Behaviour and Work: A Critical Introduction [Paperback]

Fiona Wilson
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21 Jan 2010 0199534888 978-0199534883 3
Fiona Wilson provides an accessible, critical introduction to organizational behaviour. This engagingly written textbook introduces students to key topics, ideas, and research in OB. Without assuming prior knowledge of the subject, the student is nevertheless encouraged to critically assess and question the traditional approach to the study of organizational life.

The text introduces students to both traditional and non-traditional areas of research, acting as a springboard for further research and critical thinking. The range of themes and topics explored provides a rich picture of the realities of organizational life, and of the varied contributions that make up the study of OB. For example, the concept of alienation is discussed in relation to both assembly lines and to call centres, leading into a discussion about the meaning of work.

The new edition guides the reader through critical perspectives on classic organizational topics, including new chapters on Personality and Perception. The text also focuses attention on core critical approaches, including power, resistance, and alternative forms of organization. In the Introduction, the reader is also provided with more detail on the different implications of taking a functionalist or critical approach to the study of OB - a theme which also runs throughought the book.

The third edition also includes enhanced pedagogy, ensuring that the book is highly accessible. Questions, further reading suggestions and annotated examples of films and novels that illustrate themes and topics from each chapter, help students to interact with the text, and support lecturers in seminar preparation. Stop and Think boxes encourage the reader to engage with and reflect on the text by drawing on their own experiences and perspectives, and numerous and varied examples and cases, drawn from both research and organizational life, bring the text to life and add depth.

This is a unique text which simultaneously introduces the reader to key topics in OB, and invites them to think outside the box.

The text is accompanied by an Online Resource Centre, which includes:

For lecturers:

PowerPoint slides
Questions for research and discussion
Additional case studies
Group exercises

For students:

Flashcard glossary
Web links Additional further readings



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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford; 3 edition (21 Jan 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199534888
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199534883
  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 25.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 11,273 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I used this book for my first year undergraduate Business Studies degree and it has been one of the best that I have I found that of all the books I had, this was the one that I actually enjoyed reading and it was the most useful for my exam by providing relevant quotes and the further reading tips are fantastic. (An Amazon reviewer, February 2006)

Would definitely recommend!!!"ments (introducing classic ideas, critique, and application to organizational practices) that you don't find in many textbooks in the area.' (Carol Linehan, Lecturer in Management, Department of Management and Marketing, University College Cork) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Fiona Wilson is a Professor of Organizational Behaviour in the Department of Management at the University of Glasgow. Before moving to Glasgow she worked at the University of St Andrews as a Lecturer, then Senior Lecturer. Previously, she had been employed as a researcher at Manchester Business School and at the University of Bradford Management Centre. She completed her PhD at Manchester Business School where she was supervised by Professor Tom Lupton.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent condition and good content. 16 May 2013
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Great condition. As for the content: very helpful and wide range. Perfect for university Business courses. (Did mine at Dundee University).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent additional reading on OB 1 Feb 2013
By ABS
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I both agree and disagree with the above comments. I agree this book should not be used as a core text book on a management/HR uni. course but I disagree it is a standard text book. I believe it is essential top-up reading to the standard OB textbooks and provides an interesting and challenging view on the standard subjects without the need for over referencing.

Each chapter of this book can be read on its own, in any order but unusually for a text book is best read cover to cover as a standard book. Readers/students may not learn any earth shattering new theories but it will make you stop and reflect.
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2.0 out of 5 stars many examples but the theory is not good 1 Dec 2012
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The book gave me a hard time when I had to read it and find information that was related to our lectures... there are a lot of good examples but the theoretical parts are not good - for that you need another book in order to understand the theory behind
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3.0 out of 5 stars Typical text book 28 Oct 2009
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Typical text book, what you can expect from OB and Work. Good as a first approach text.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The one that you'll enjoy reading 9 Feb 2006
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I used this book for my first year undergraduate Business Studies degree and it has been one of the best that I have. The language is slightly more technical but it gives definitions so that the reader still understands the concepts. I found that of all the books I had, this was the one that I actually enjoyed reading and it was the most useful for my exam by providing relevant quotes and the further reading tips are fantastic.
Would definitely recommend!!!
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