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Organizational Behaviour: People, Process, Work and Human Resource Management

by Raisa Arvinen-Muondo & Stephen Perkins Kogan Page
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Organizational Behaviour bridges the gap between OB and HRM, and the interrelated nature of these fields of study that are more often than not treated separately. It helps the reader to relate the OB canon to their experiences in the world of work and organizations and prompts them to question the way relationships around employment are managed within these institutions.

The authors argue that HRM can ground socio-psychological and other social science theory grouped under the OB banner while a fuller understanding of HRM will be facilitated, informed by social science knowledge that moves consideration of ‘people management’ in organizations beyond a preoccupation with recipes and techniques.

• To address the increasing diversity within organisations as well as its student readership, the book reflects international and multicultural perspectives, drawing on the experiences and research of a wide team of international authors.

• Links OB, employment and HRM throughout, ensuring that OB is contextualised and connections are made within each chapter between the arena of OB and key aspects of work and employment.

• Looks at the ethical dimensions of OB which are increasingly important in the context of 'good employers' and global employment standards

• Grounded in observable experience, with case studies and exercises to allow students to get beyond the abstractions to understand practice.

• Contains a critical appraisal of areas that have entered mainstream OB commentary and others that have not previously been entered into the debate, such as creativity and knowledge management, diversity management, leadership, talent management, managing culture and performance management.


• Each chapter will begin with a statement of the key principles to be conveyed and what readers should be aware of on completion of the chapter.

• Each chapter will contain boxes in which key terms are introduced and defined, reflecting how different views of organisation and the relationships among people in organisations influence the way key concepts may be interpreted and used.

• Each chapter will include one or more case studies drawing on the authors’ own research/scholarship to illustrate the arguments being presented. The case material will be used to set questions for readers to consider, inviting them to consider the competing merits of the theoretical principles introduced and reviewed over the course of the chapter.

• Each chapter will conclude with a series of questions on which readers are invited to reflect on the consequences for people management in practice suggested by the analysis contained in the chapter.

  • Section - ONE: Introduction;
    • Chapter - 00: Introduction - Stephen Perkins and Raisa Arvinen-Muondo;
  • Section - TWO: Individuals at work under an employment relationship;
    • Chapter - 01: Managing diverse identities at work - Janice Johnson and Christina Schwabenland;
    • Chapter - 02: Perception, making decisions and people management - Raisa Arvinen-Muondo;
    • Chapter - 03: Motivation at work: engagement and facilitation - Nahid Rozalin;
  • Section - THREE: Employing human resources to work together for a purpose;
    • Chapter - 04: Managing performance - Caroline Bolam and Sarah Jones;
    • Chapter - 05: Leadership, communication and organizational effectiveness - Linda Holbeche;
    • Chapter - 06: Talent management - Raisa Arvinen-Muondo and Qi Wei;
  • Section - FOUR: Shifting contexts for organizational behaviour;
    • Chapter - 07: Conflict, power and politics - Philip Davies and Rod Smith;
    • Chapter - 08: Organizational culture - Eliot Lloyd;
    • Chapter - 09: Managing organizational change - Faten Baddar Al-Husan and Konstantinos Kakavelakis;
    • Chapter - 10: Creativity, innovation and the management of knowledge - Pauline Loewenberger;
  • Section - FIVE: Summation and reflection;
    • Chapter - 11: Coda: HRM and OB - accenting the social - Stephen Perkins and Raisa Arvinen-Muondo

''As a BA Honours Business Management student I found this title very well laid out, accessible and full of up to date useful information. It is certainly a title I will recommend in the shop for similar students seeking a good text book on the subject.''
Stephen J Perkins is a professor at London Metropolitan University and a visiting research fellow at Cass Business School. He has held senior management posts in industry during internationalization initiatives and spent a period as a management consultant. Raisa Arvinen-Muondo is a PhD researcher and research assistant within the Department of Strategy and Human Resource Management. She has been at the University of Bedfordshire since October 2009. Raisa's doctoral research is on the development of Angolan leadership potential within Western multinational organisations, focusing on the impact of experiences associated with international living on how individuals view their career development. She has also taught Organisational Behaviour and supervised student dissertations at postgraduate level at University of Bedfordshire and at undergraduate level as she studied and worked at London Metropolitan University.