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Work and Organizational Behaviour (4th Edition)

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Critical and accessible, the new edition of this bestselling textbook offers valuable insight into contemporary management practices and encourages readers to reflect on the realities of the workplace. Work and...

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Critical and accessible, the new edition of this bestselling textbook offers valuable insight into contemporary management practices and encourages readers to reflect on the realities of the workplace. Work and Organizational Behaviour takes a unique and well-rounded approach, exploring key theories and topics through the lenses of sociology, psychology, ethics and sustainability. Firmly embedded in the latest research and the wider geopolitical environment, this new edition places OB in the context of climate change, the rise of unstable working conditions and the impact of new technologies. A strong suite of pedagogy supports student learning, demonstrating key theories in action and preparing readers for the real world of work. Cases and features illustrate contemporary organizational practices and their impact across the world, in a range of industries. 

With streamlined content, an improved structure, and an enhanced focus on leadership, Work and Organizational Behaviour is an essential companion for OB modules at undergraduate, postgraduate and MBA levels.

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Up-to-date discussion of current and emerging OB trends and theory, with extensive references to cutting-edge research and data

An academically-rigorous approach offering readers a critical perspective on the socially-embedded nature of OB

Cases from around the world, including China, Australia, India, New Zealand, Nigeria, Singapore, Bangladesh, Germany, UAE, Canada, Pakistan, Norway, Japan and Qatar

A balance of critical and managerial perspectives to prepare students fully for the world of work

A comprehensive companion website with a wealth of student and instructor resources, including practitioner videos, extra case studies, interactive quizzes, test bank and skills development guide

New chapters on `Work and the gig economy' and `Human resource management'

New decision making scenarios helping readers to develop practical leadership skills

200+ new references to recent academic literature

Inclusion of important contemporary topics, including Covid-19 and the gig economy

Coverage of new technologies, including the impact of AI, robots, remote working and big data

Increased coverage of corporate social responsibility and ethics

New end of chapter cases, Reality of Work features and Globalization and Organization Behaviour features

1. Introducing contemporary organizational behaviour
2. Work and the gig economy
3. Studying work and organizations
4. Class, gender, race and equality
5. Personality and self-identity
6. Perception and emotions
7. Motivation
8. Learning
9. Group and team dynamics
10. Communication
11. Structure
12. Technology
13. Culture
14. Human resource management
15. Leadership
16. Decision making, ethics and social responsibility
17. Power, politics and conflict
18. Change.

The book's companion website features an array of resources to support student learning:

  • Bonus case studies
  • Chapter commentaries for Chinese language speakers
  • Chapter research questions to develop critical thinking skills
  • Critical insights: thought-provoking publications on topics discussed
  • Glossary of key terms
  • In-depth exploration of OB concepts in modern film
  • Interactive quizzes
  • Learning tips and vocabulary checklist for ESL students
  • Research and skills development guides
  • Video interviews with business managers and HR professionals
  • Web-based assignments
  • New decision making scenarios

All of these resources can be found at www.macmillanihe.com/bratton-WOB-4e or click 'View companion site' above.


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John Bratton is Visiting Professor at Strathclyde University in Glasgow and Edinburgh Napier University, Scotland. He holds a BSc in Economics from the University of Hull and a PhD in the sociology of work from the University of Manchester. He has more than 30 years’ experience teaching a range of organizational behaviour, leadership and human resource management courses, at both undergraduate and graduate levels mainly in the UK and Canada, but also in Finland and Singapore. His research interests traverse the sociology of work and management. In addition to writing this book, John is author of Japanization at WorkManagerial Studies in the 1990s; co-author of Workplace Learning: A Critical...

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John Bratton is Visiting Professor at Strathclyde University in Glasgow and Edinburgh Napier University, Scotland. He holds a BSc in Economics from the University of Hull and a PhD in the sociology of work from the University of Manchester. He has more than 30 years’ experience teaching a range of organizational behaviour, leadership and human resource management courses, at both undergraduate and graduate levels mainly in the UK and Canada, but also in Finland and Singapore. His research interests traverse the sociology of work and management. In addition to writing this book, John is author of Japanization at WorkManagerial Studies in the 1990s; co-author of Workplace Learning: A Critical Introduction (2004); co-author (with Keith Grint and Debra Nelson) of Organizational Leadership (2005); co-author (with Jeff Gold) of Human Resource Management: Theory and Practice  (2017); co-author (with David Denham) of Capitalism and Classical Social Theory (2019), and editor of Organizational Leadership (2020).

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