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Organizational Behavior: Bridging Science and Practice

Version 4.0
By Talya Bauer and Berrin Erdogan

Key Features

  • The text is organized around core values regarding effectively teaching and learning organizational behavior including that:
    • Organizational behavior (OB) matters
    • Evidence-based research is the foundation of OB
    • Different students learn in different ways
    • There is no substitute for hands-on learning
    • Learning the language of OB helps you be more effective in the workplace
    • Technology can greatly enhance learning
    • Flexibility in teaching delivery allows for student success
  • Encourages learners to examine and work through 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
  • Rich and useful learning strategies embedded in the book include:
    • Chapter-Opening Cases accompanied by Case Discussion Questions provide real-world context for the chapter to come
    • Learning Objectives start each main section to preview the material to come and prepare students to learn
    • Key Takeaways at the end of every main section to summarize new information while it is still fresh and encourage retention
    • What Do You Think? Scenarios at the end of every main section pose situations for student reflection and thought about reconciling their values with common business situations they may encounter in the future
    • Surveys and other self-assessments in every chapter help learners develop a better understanding of themselves as leaders, employees, and colleagues
    • OB Toolbox features provide specific suggestions students can immediately use at work as well as saving for future reference
    • Ethical dilemmas as well as individual exercises and group exercises at the end of every chapter provide rich and interactive learning opportunities
    • Chapter-Closing Cases accompanied by Case Discussion Questions provide real-world context for the chapter covered


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Organizational Behavior: Bridging Science and Practice is suitable for undergraduate and MBA-level courses usually called Organizational Behavior taught in either two- or four-year colleges and universities. 

Organizational Behavior: Bridging Science and Practice incorporates effective ways to bridge the gap between the theory and practice of management with the distinct, experiential, and evidence-based approach for which this book is known. Organizational Behavior provides the most timely and relevant concepts, vocabulary, frameworks, and critical-thinking skills necessary to diagnose situations, ask tough questions, evaluate answers received, and act in an effective and ethical manner taking into consideration the specific situational characteristics. For those interested in using simulations, Version 4.0 is aligned with Lead: The Simulation to provide a rich, online learning experience.

New in This Version

  • Integrated coverage of the coronavirus pandemic and its impact on the workplace and human interactions
  • Includes a new main section in each chapter that combines a discussion of ethics and technology implications, such as big data, analytics, online privacy concerns, and General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) compliance issues
  • Each chapter features a new Chapter-Opening Case. New cases include companies and leaders at Cayuga Collection, Gap, Inc., Fully, Zoom, PepsiCo, Patagonia, SpaceX, IKEA, Kind, Google, Detroit Bikes, StitchFix, Southwest Airlines, Campbell Soup Company, and Costco
  • New small, medium, large, and not-for-profit businesses and NGOs and associated examples are featured throughout the book
  • All Chapter-End Cases are fully updated. They include companies and leaders at Brew Dr. Kombucha and Tea,, Netflix, SAS, Walt Disney Company, REI, NASA, Slack, Lego, Amazon, Microsoft, Apple, Alibaba, Kronos, and General Motors
  • Version 4.0’s narrative was streamlined to express key concepts more concisely and powerfully than ever before, thereby reducing overall length
  • Supplements include a fully revised Best OB Case Studies casebook composed of the most popular cases that appeared in previous versions 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
  • Previous versions of this book have been awarded the Textbook Excellence Award from the Textbook and Academic Authors Association
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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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