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 that 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.
The present volume deals with the field of organizational behavior (OB), which has been developing rapidly over a number of years. The empirical bases, theoretical development, and methodological foundation of OB have been evolving. Certainly, the field has changed dramatically. It appears timely for an assessment of these developments. This book brings together a set of original chapters by prominent scholars in the field of OB. They examine some historical roots of the field and evaluate its present status and needs for future directions. Special focus is on a critical self-eamination of the field's value and worth as a scientific and practical endeavor. The book is essential reading for teachers, researchers, consultants, and managers who deal with the complex issues involved in understanding and managing organizations.
-- Edwin A. Fleishman, Editor Series in Applied Psychology