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Essentials of Organizational Behavior: Bridging Science and Practice

Version 4.0
By Talya Bauer and Berrin Erdogan

Key Features

  • Concise. Provides the most critical, evidence-based organizational behavior (OB) topics in a compact form. The student text numbers 456 pages
  • Thematic. Organized around core values and beliefs about teaching and learning organizational behavior:
    • Understanding OB principles and how to apply them greatly impacts the effectiveness of employees and leaders
    • Evidence-based research is a foundation of effective OB practice
    • Different students learn in diverse ways
    • There is no substitute for active, hands-on learning
    • Flexible delivery enables student success
  • Reflective. Encourages learners to think about the interpersonal implications of their own and others’ actions, understand how to pursue goals more effectively, and become better communicators
  • Ethical behavior, technology implications, and global considerations are woven throughout
  • Flexible. Case studies with discussion questions are gathered into one, easy-to-find appendix that enables flexibility to cover or omit cases based on faculty preferences
  • Rich and useful learning strategies embedded in the book include:
    • “Chapter Learning Objectives” preview the coming chapter
    • “Learning Objectives” lead off each main section and prepare students for concept they are about to encounter
    • “Key Takeaway” at the end of every main head section summarize new information while it is fresh to encourage retention
    • “What Do You Think?” at the end of every main section poses situations for student reflection in order to reconcile their values with common business situations
    • Chapter-End features
      • “Conclusion” concisely sums up the preceding chapter
      • “OB Toolbox” thought exercises provide specific suggestions about meeting challenges students may encounter today
      • “Ethical Dilemma” asks the reader to examine their values and apply what they have learned to realistic situations
      • “Individual” and interactive “Group Exercises” engage students and bring the material to life
    • Customizable


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Essentials of Organizational Behavior: Bridging Science and Practice is suitable for undergraduate and MBA-level courses on organizational behavior taught in either two- or four-year colleges and universities. 

Essentials shares the same themes and approaches that have propelled its full-length counterpart Organizational Behavior: Bridging Science and Practice to become a market-leading textbook. This briefer, essentials version covers core organizational behavior topics and gathers together all chapter cases into a single appendix. Essentials will appeal to faculty who prefer a concise treatment of organizational behavior combined with the distinct, experiential approach for which Bauer and Erdogan are well known. Essentials provides the most timely and relevant vocabulary, framework, and critical thinking skills necessary to diagnose situations, ask tough questions, evaluate answers received, and act in an effective and ethical manner regardless of situational characteristics.  

New in This Version

  • Features a new main section in each chapter addressing ethics and technology implications, such as big data, analytics, online privacy concerns, and General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) compliance issues
  • Discusses long-term impacts of the coronavirus pandemic’s impact on the workplace and human interactions. Examples include remote work (Section 1.2) and generational events (Section 14.2).
  • Updated ethical dilemmas exercises, individual exercises, and group exercises add relevance and engage students
  • All facts, figures, and key research findings have been updated to reflect the most current information. Highlights include
    • Coverage of remote work throughout (Sections 1.2, 6.5, 7.2, 8.4, 9.2, 10.5, 12.5, 14.1)
    • Negotiated arrangements (i-deals) as a way of increasing inclusiveness (Section 2.1)
    • Tight-loose cultures (Section 2.2)
    • Artificial intelligence and machine learning and implications for diversity (Section 2.3), individual differences (Section 3.3), organizational justice (Section 5.3)
    • Electronic monitoring within the context of performance management (Section 6.5)
    • Managing stress while working remotely (Section 7.5) and Zoom fatigue (Section 8.4)
    • Making decisions using big data (Section 11.5)
    • Fully remote organizations (Section 14.1).
  • The previous version’s final two chapters are now reversed in order: Chapter 14 is “Organizational Structure and Change at Work” and Chapter 15 is “Organizational Culture at Work”
  • Appendix features 15 new optional chapter cases, including Cayuga Collection, Gap, Inc., Fully, Zoom, PepsiCo, Patagonia, SpaceX, IKEA, Kind, Google, Detroit Bikes, StitchFix, Southwest Airlines, Campbell Soup Company, and Costco
  • Special supplements include a fully revised Library of 60 Opening Case Studies composed of the 60 most popular cases that appeared in multiple editions of the main text. The authors have brought each case fully up to date. This free casebook is only available to adopters in a digital version that can be shared with students, or it can be included in a printed, customized student version along with the main text. Case-based discussion questions, answer guidelines, and test items with answers are included in the instructor materials.
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Instructor’s Manual

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Talya Bauer Portland State University

Talya Bauer (PhD, Purdue University) is the Cameron Professor of Management and Affiliated Professor of Psychology at Portland State University. She is an award-winning teacher and researcher and recipient of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP) Distinguished Teaching Award, the Academy of Management HR division’s Innovations in Teaching Award, and the Academy of Management HR division's Herbert Heneman, Jr. Award for Career Achievement. She conducts research about relationships at work throughout the employee life cycle, including recruitment, applicant reactions to selection, onboarding, and leadership. Her work has been supported by grants from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) as well as the SHRM and SIOP foundations, and has been published in research outlets such as the Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Learning and Education Journal, Journal of Applied Psychology, Journal of Management, and Personnel Psychology. She has worked with dozens of government, Fortune 1000, and start-up organizations and has been a Visiting Scholar in France, Italy, Singapore, Spain, the UK, and at Google Headquarters, and she has delivered keynote addresses in Australia, Greece, Spain, the UK, and across the United States. She has served in elected positions including the HRM Executive Committee of the Academy of Management and Member-at-Large for SIOP. In 2018–2019 Talya served SIOP as its president. She is an associate editor for the Journal of Applied Psychology (and a former editor of Journal of Management). Her work has been discussed in Business Week, Harvard Business Review, the New York Times, USA Today, Wall Street Journal, and NPR’s All Things Considered. She is a fellow of SIOP, the American Psychological Association, Association for Psychological Science, and International Association of Applied Psychology. Her textbooks are in use around the world and have been recognized multiple times for awards by the Textbook Authors Association.

Berrin Erdogan Portland State University

Berrin Erdogan (PhD, University of Illinois at Chicago) is the Express Employment Professionals Professor of Management at Portland State University and Distinguished Research Professor at the University of Exeter, UK. Berrin’s research focuses on two themes. First, she examines leaders through the relationships they build with their employees, and the implications of manager-employee relationships for employee effectiveness, retention, and well-being. Second, she is interested in understanding person-job fit and misfit, with a focus on why and how employees find themselves overqualified for their jobs and its consequences. She conducted studies and shared results with organizations in manufacturing, retail, health care, education, information technology, construction, and banking among others, in the United States, the UK, China, Turkey, Vietnam, France, and India. To date, she has published over 60 journal articles and book chapters, coauthored the textbooks Organizational Behavior and Principles of Management published by FlatWorld, Psychology and Work published by Routledge, and co-edited the Oxford Handbook of Leader-Member Exchange. Her work has been discussed in media outlets including the New York Times, Harvard Business Review, CNBC, BBC Capital, and Wall Street Journal, among others. She is a fellow of Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology and Association for Psychological Sciences. She served as an associate editor for European Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology and Personnel Psychology and was recently the Editor-in-Chief of Personnel Psychology. Berrin is a frequent speaker at national and international conferences and served as a visiting scholar and gave invited talks in Australia, Canada, Colombia, Greece, Iceland, Singapore, Spain, Turkey, the UK, and across the United States. Her textbooks are in use around the world and have been recognized multiple times for awards by the Textbook Authors Association.

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