Contemporary Organizational Behavior: From Ideas to Action

Kimberly D. Elsbach / Anna Kayes / D. Chris Kayes  
Total pages
January 2015
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Contemporary Organizational Behavior: From Ideas to Action is an unconventional text that approaches Organizational Behavior in conceptual, contextual, and experiential ways. Using real world examples and expert advice, the First Edition engages students, rather than merely introducing vocabulary and terms. A combination of Topic Summaries, Case Studies, and Experiential Exercises introduce OB concepts to students while challenging them to understand them in applied situations.


  • Covers 14 key organizational behavior topics.
  • Modular and flexible text allowing you to create a custom version containing the coverage you want for your course. Contact your local sales representative for more information about our Custom Library capabilities
  • Topic Summaries written by the textbook authors begin each chapter and introduce bolded key terms, theories, and models, as well as include:
    • Learning Objectives listed at the beginning of each topic summary matched within the text.
    • Conceptual Overviews integrate key topic ideas into a holistic, navigable framework.
    • Expert Contribution Section of articles authored by two to four experts on the topic that give students access to the latest expert thinking in Organizational Behavior.

      • Can function as theoretical supplements for lectures.
      • Can be used as topical course readings.

  • Spotlight on Research highlights published, scholarly research studies for each topic to encourage students to use evidence-based research to support their own opinions.
  • Case Studies allow students to gain insight on how context affects application of concepts and serve as an integrative tool to apply major ideas across all topics.
  • OB at Work introduces students to real world professionals who have applied text concepts to their own careers.
  • Experiential Exercises engage students in exciting, thought-provoking tasks that forge connections between the text and personal experiencesto make learning more exciting.
  • Reflective Exercises allow students to apply their own outside experiences to classroom concepts to make invaluable learning connections between school and personal lives.
  • The text is versatile and can be customized or used as traditional class material.
  • The unique, evidence-based approach combined with traditional learning techniques underscores the relevance of research in Organizational Behavior topics.

Table of Contents

Section I. Topic Summaries and Expert Contributions
Topic 1. Introduction to Contemporary Organizational Behavior

The Individual in the Organization
Topic 2. Individual Characteristics
Topic 3. Learning
Topic 4. Perceptions

Leading and Leadership Processes in Organizations
Topic 5. Leadership
Topic 6. Motivation
Topic 7. Power, Influence, and Impression Management
Topic 8. Decision-Making

Interpersonal Processes in Organizations
Topic 9. Groups and Teams
Topic 10. Negotiation
Topic 11. Communication and Diversity

Organizational Processes
Topic 12. Culture
Topic 13. Change, Innovation, Stress
Topic 14. Corporate Social Responsibility, Ethics, and Sustainability

Section II. Cases
1. Perceptions of Leaders Following Public Failures: A Tale of Two Coaches
2. The Case of Apple iPhone 4
3. NASCAR’s Drive for Diversity: Can They Reach the Finish Line?
4. Face Time at TechPoint Software Inc.
5. EMERGENCY: We Need a Better Compensation System!
6. Conflict in Santa’s Workshop: Learning to be a Team Player at ToyKing
7. What Ever Happened to One of the “100 Best Companies to Work For?”: A Case Study of Hewlett-Packard
8. “We are Global or We are Nothing” — Conflict and Cover-Up at ColeQuarter Marine

Section III. Exercises
1. Big Five Celebrity Spotlight
2. Creating My Brand
3. My Expat Assignment
4. How Leaders Effect You
5. My Best and Worst Learning Experiences
6. Developing Your Career–Leadership Development in Action
7. Development While in College
8. Facts and Opinions
9. Being Positive
10. Force Field Analysis
11. Bias and Decision-Making
12. Well-Being at Work
13. What Stresses You Out?
14. Laughter Is the Best Medicine
15. Building My Network–Individual
16. Writing a Team Contract
17. Design Your Technology
18. Team Performance Evaluation
19. Overcoming Resistance
20. Employment Branding
21. OD Techniques at Work
22. A Clash of Cultures
23. What’s Your University Culture?
24. Find the Artifacts
25. Back-to-Back Change
26. Social Media Dilemma
27. Develop Your Professional Code
28. Communication Breakdown
29. Diversity Rocks
30. You Can’t Handle the Truth
31. The Ethics of the Climb
32. Mindmapping
33. Could I Be a Whistleblower?
34. Sustainability Practice at Work
35. Who Do I Fire?
36. What are My Values?
37. Team Survival Simulation