The videos below feature author Anna Sutton introduce the main themes from each chapter in the book.
The first chapter sets the scene for the rest of the book and shows how different approaches to organizational behavior and human resource management have at their root basic assumptions about what those fields of study are for.
In Chapter Two, Anna talks about how our beliefs around what work is affect both our own working lives and the management of people at work.
This chapter looks at how the employment relationship starts.
Chapter 4 looks at the developing relationship between the individual and the organization in more detail, drawing from a range of OB and HRM issues.
Chapter 5 looks at something that's arguably the most important issue that individual managers and organizations deal with: work performance.
What is it that makes a leader effective? That's the question that is explored in Chapter 6.
Chapter 7 looks at the closely intertwined subjects of culture and change.
In Chapter 8, Anna discusses strategy: the way the organization creates its purpose and direction—what it is doing, and where it is going.
The theme throughout Chapter 9 is how organizations can ensure that they are fit for purpose and the roll that HR plays in facilitating this.
In Chapter 10, the topics of learning, training and development are looked at.
In Chapter 11, Anna talks about the role of employee health at work so that we can understand how to build safer and more fulfilling workplaces.
The final chapter covers how to create sustainable organizations that can meet the challenges of the future.