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Organizational Behaviour and Work

A critical introduction

Fifth Edition

Fiona M. Wilson

March 2018

ISBN: 9780198777137

456 pages

In Stock

Price: £57.99

The most critical yet accessible introduction to work and organizational behaviour.



The most critical yet accessible introduction to work and organizational behaviour.

  • Provides a concise introduction to organizational behaviour which is critical, yet accessible, in its approach, and ideal for those new to the subject.
  • Challenges students to re-examine and question traditional views on organizational life and to use their analytical skills to further their own reading and research.
  • Draws on a wide range of research, thereby introducing students to the rich and varied contributions that have advanced the study of organizational behaviour.
  • Reflects the complexity of working life by focusing on key issues such as power, resistance, gender, well-being, and race.
  • Diverse real-life examples in every chapter, including the surface acting of airline staff, sexual harassment at universities, and digital staff surveillance, demonstrate how the theory of organizational behaviour can apply in practice.

New to this edition

  • New case studies and examples, on topics as varied as cross-cultural virtual teams, Leicester City Football Club, and size zero in the fashion industry, explore the reality of organizational behaviour in the contemporary workplace and society as a whole.
  • New and increased coverage of ethical behaviour, sexual harassment, well-being, and the impact of social media.
  • New diagrams of the most relevant theories aid understanding and facilitate visual learning.
  • New questions and additional links to films and novels encourage engagement through reflection on the key issues and signpost to those issues at play in the popular media.

About the Author(s)

Fiona M. Wilson, Professor of Organizational Behaviour, Adam Smith Business School, University of Glasgow

Fiona Wilson is Professor of Organizational Behaviour in the Adam Smith Business School at the University of Glasgow. Before moving to Glasgow, she worked at the University of St Andrews: first as a Lecturer, then as a Senior Lecturer. Previously, Fiona had been employed as a researcher at Manchester Business School and University of Bradford Management Centre. Fiona completed a PhD at Manchester Business School in 1986. She is a Fellow of the British Academy of Management, an Academic Fellow of the CIPD, and an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society.

Table of Contents

    Approaching management critically
    1:Setting the scene
    2:Employees' views of work
    3:Managerial views of work
    4:The rationality of management
    5:Sexuality, sex typing, and gender
    Classic organizational behaviour and the critique
    10:Organizational learning
    12:Teams and teamworking
    14:All change?
    The core of critical approaches
    15:Managerial power and control
    16:Organizational misbehaviour
    17:Voluntary, not-for-profit, and alternative organizations
    18:Health, well-being, emotion, and stress


"Wilson writes in an extremely accessible way with a good balance of depth and breadth." - Ronnie Caddow, Glasgow Caledonian University

"This book stands out in its commitment to taking a critical approach to the study of Organisational Behaviour. It introduces students to the main debates in the literature on each subject and in this way becomes a helpful starting point in their learning journey." - Dr Patrizia Kokot, University of Reading

"This book has all the hallmarks of a great Organizational Behaviour textbook; being comprehensive in content whilst informative and accessible for students across a range of levels." - Michael Frize, University of Sheffield

"A stimulating, astute, and original introduction to the core questions on work, organizations, and their management." - Dr Pasi Ahonen, University of Essex

Additional Resources

This book is accompanied by a selection of online resources, including:

For students:

Web links
Critical thinking exercises

For lecturers:

PowerPoint slides
Questions for research and discussion
Additional case studies
Group exercises