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Organizational Behaviour and Work

A critical introduction

Fifth Edition

Fiona M. Wilson

Publication Date - 15 May 2018

ISBN: 9780198777137

456 pages
9.7 x 7.4 inches

The most critical yet accessible introduction to organizational behaviour and work


Classic organizational behavior topics like team-working, motivation, and change are complemented by core critical approaches such as power, control, and wellbeing through a clear three-part structure. Students are encouraged to look beyond a descriptive approach and truly engage with the content. Examples and "Stop and Think" boxes and end-of-chapter case studies with accompanying questions show how each chapter's theoretical coverage applies to real-life business situations. Suggestions of films and novels that relate to the chapter topic present organizational behavior in context and demonstrate just how prevalent its principles are in everyday life.

The accessible style assumes no prior knowledge on the part of the reader, and the full range of themes and topics provides a rich picture of the realities of organizational behavior and work.


For Students:

*Web links
*Critical thinking exercises

For Instructors:
*PowerPoint slides
*Questions for research and discussion
*Additional case studies
*Group exercises

New to this Edition

  • New case studies and examples, on topics like cross-cultural virtual teams, Leicester City Football Club, and size zero in the fashion industry
  • 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


  • Provides a concise introduction to organizational behaviour which is critical yet accessible in its approach
  • 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, introducing students to the rich and varied contributions that have advanced the study of organizational behavior
  • Reflects the complexity of working life by focusing on key issues such as power, resistance, gender, wellbeing, 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 behavior works in practice

About the Author(s)

Fiona Wilson is Professor of Organizational Behaviour in the Adam Smith Business School at the University of Glasgow. Previously, Fiona was a researcher at Manchester Business School and University of Bradford Management Centre. 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.

Previous Publication Date(s)

December 2013
April 2010
April 2003


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

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
    6. Motivation
    7. Leadership
    8. Perception
    9. Personality
    10. Organizational learning
    11. Culture
    12. Teams and teamworking
    13. Structure
    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

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