Organizational Behavior

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Organizational Behavior


Shukla, Tanu, South Asian Journal of Management


Organizational Behavior By Afsaneh Nahavandi, Robert B Denhardt, Janet V Denhardt and Maria P Aristigueta Sage Texts (by Sage Publications Inc., Thousand Oaks, CA), 2015, Pages: 560, Price: ?550 ISBN: 978-93-515-0185-5

The book, Organizational Behavior, by Nahavandi, Denhardt, Denhardt and Aristigueta is a well-written textbook aimed at future managers embracing significant issues such as leadership, vision and innovation, and the global society. It emphasizes on understanding and relating concepts to real world scenarios through creative and innovative thinking. It attempts to provide self-learning through cases, critical thinking and real life situations as how organizations, groups, and individuals interact to contribute to organizational success and achievement. All four authors of the book are accomplished academicians and have written a number of other books previously. At the beginning of the book, the authors addressed that this book has a distinctive "action orientation", in the sense that they consider organizational behavior as a practical discipline that enables us to act effectively and responsibly. The book is divided into four parts. The first part of the book gives a brief introduction about organizational behavior (history, trends, and ethics), the second, third and fourth parts focus on individual behavior, team process and organizational context respectively.

The first part of the book describes organizational behavior as the study of how to manage individual and group behavior within the business, government, and nonprofit settings, and also emphasizes upon the importance of learning to act effectively and responsibly within those organizations. Then it examines both roles and responsibilities of leaders and manager and discusses the importance of leadership extending throughout organizations. Also, four sub-themes are introduced, namely, integrity, group diversity, social responsibility, and global sustainability.

The second part provides the various strategies for learning about oneself and enhancing self-knowledge. Understanding and working with different cultures and building diversity have become essential parts of every manager's job. Also, there are strategies for building cognitive knowledge and behavior skills. First, it discusses perception as a mental process. How effective managers use information about the social perception process to become aware of their biases and how others may perceive them. …

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