Misbehavior in Organizations: Theory, Research, and Management

Misbehavior in Organizations: Theory, Research, and Management

Misbehavior in Organizations: Theory, Research, and Management

Misbehavior in Organizations: Theory, Research, and Management


For many years, scholars aligned with mainstream research paradigms that make up organizational behavior (OB) have been leaning toward the more positive depiction of organizational reality. To better understand people's behavior in the workplace, they must also explore misbehavior. Organizational Misbehavior (OMB) is a term that was coined by Yaov Vardi about 10 years ago when he found out there were no models for how to predict "misconduct" at work. Thus, the purpose of this book is to delineate a new agenda for organizational behavior theory and research. Devoted to the study and management of misbehavior in work organizations, this volume is divided into three parts. Part I discusses the prevalence of these phenomena. It searches for typologies and definitions for misbehavior in the management literature using a historical perspective and proposes a general framework of OMB. Part II explores some important manifestations and antecedents of OMB at different levels of analysis-the person, the job, and the organization. Finally, Part III presents practical and methodological implications for managers and researchers. The authors offer a comprehensive and systematically developed framework for the development and management of misbehavior in organizations. The book is intended for students, scholars, and practitioners who manage OB.


There is a compelling need for innovative approaches to the solution of many pressing problems involving human relationships in today's society. Such approaches are more likely to be successful when they are based on sound research and applications. This Series in Applied psychology offers publications which emphasize state-of-the-art research and its application to important issues of human behavior in a variety of societal settings. the objective is to bridge both academic and applied interests.

This book fills an important void in the study and understanding of organizational behavior. Work in this field historically emphasized the study of positive, desirable behaviors facilitating the performance of individuals, teams, and systems in furthering organizational objectives. Relatively little attention has been given to research on what the authors call organizational misbehaviors (OMB) that can be dysfunctional in furthering the objectives of the organization.

In this book, Professors Vardi and Weitz present a systematic, careful, and thorough analysis of organizational misbehavior. For the most part, omb has been indirectly addressed in the organizational behavior literature. There has been some discussion of dysfunctional political misbehavior, negative affect or emotions, or specific negative behaviors. This book is one of the first to organize and synthesize the diverse kinds of misbehavior in organizations.

The authors identify a range of organizational misbehaviors including “soldiering”, as described in Taylor's early work, to vandalism and sabatoge to modern issues of data theft, substance abuse on the job, sexual harassment, political behaviors such as' whistle blowing, deception and Interpersonal manifestations such as incivility, bullying, and jealousy. Next, antecedents and important correlates . . .

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