Organizational Behaviour and Work: A critical introduction (5th edition)

ISBN : 9780198777137

Fiona M. Wilson
456 ページ
189 x 246 mm
  • Provides a concise introduction to organizational behaviour which is critical, yet accessible, in its approach, and ideal for those new to the subject.
  • Challenges students to re-examine and question traditional views on organizational life and to use their analytical skills to further their own reading and research.
  • Draws on a wide range of research, thereby introducing students to the rich and varied contributions that have advanced the study of organizational behaviour.
  • Reflects the complexity of working life by focusing on key issues such as power, resistance, gender, well-being, and race.
  • Diverse real-life examples in every chapter, including the surface acting of airline staff, sexual harassment at universities, and digital staff surveillance, demonstrate how the theory of organizational behaviour can apply in practice.

New to this Edition:

  • New case studies and examples, on topics as varied as cross-cultural virtual teams, Leicester City Football Club, and size zero in the fashion industry, explore the reality of organizational behaviour in the contemporary workplace and society as a whole.
  • New and increased coverage of ethical behaviour, sexual harassment, well-being, and the impact of social media.
  • New diagrams of the most relevant theories aid understanding and facilitate visual learning.
  • New questions and additional links to films and novels encourage engagement through reflection on the key issues and signpost to those issues at play in the popular media.

As the most critical yet accessible introduction to organizational behaviour and work this book will help you understand the complexities of organizational life and evaluate modern business practices.

Classic organizational behaviour topics such as team-working, motivation, and change are complemented by core critical approaches such as power and control, organizational misbehaviour, and health and well-being through a clear three-part structure. Students are encouraged to look beyond a descriptive approach and truly engage with the content. Examples and 'Stop and Think' boxes placed throughout chapters, as well as end-of-chapter case studies with accompanying questions, provide the opportunity for this engagement and show how each chapter's theoretical coverage applies in real-life business situations. Suggestions of films and novels which relate to the chapter topic provide further opportunities to see organizational behaviour in context and demonstrate just how prevalent its principles are in everyday life.

The accessible style assumes no prior knowledge on the part of the reader, and the full range of themes and topics explored provides a rich picture of the realities of organizational behaviour and work.

This book is accompanied by a selection of online resources, including:

For students:
Web links
Critical thinking exercises

For adopting lecturers:
PowerPoint slides
Questions for research and discussion
Additional case studies
Group exercises


Approaching management critically
1: Setting the scene
2: Employees' views of work
3: Managerial views of work
4: The rationality of management
5: Sexuality, sex typing, and gender

Classic organizational behaviour and the critique
6: Motivation
7: Leadership
8: Perception
9: Personality
10: Organizational learning
11: Culture
12: Teams and teamworking
13: Structure
14: All change?

The core of critical approaches
15: Managerial power and control
16: Organizational misbehaviour
17: Voluntary, not-for-profit, and alternative organizations
18: Health, well-being, emotion, and stress


Fiona M. Wilson, Professor of Organizational Behaviour, Adam Smith Business School, University of Glasgow
Fiona Wilson is Professor of Organizational Behaviour in the Adam Smith Business School at the University of Glasgow. Before moving to Glasgow, she worked at the University of St Andrews: first as a Lecturer, then as a Senior Lecturer. Previously, Fiona had been employed as a researcher at Manchester Business School and University of Bradford Management Centre. Fiona completed a PhD at Manchester Business School in 1986. She is a Fellow of the British Academy of Management, an Academic Fellow of the CIPD, and an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society.

"Wilson writes in an extremely accessible way with a good balance of depth and breadth." - Ronnie Caddow, Glasgow Caledonian University

"This book stands out in its commitment to taking a critical approach to the study of Organisational Behaviour. It introduces students to the main debates in the literature on each subject and in this way becomes a helpful starting point in their learning journey." - Dr Patrizia Kokot, University of Reading

"This book has all the hallmarks of a great Organizational Behaviour textbook; being comprehensive in content whilst informative and accessible for students across a range of levels." - Michael Frize, University of Sheffield

"A stimulating, astute, and original introduction to the core questions on work, organizations, and their management." - Dr Pasi Ahonen, University of Essex