Higher Education

Human Relations in Business, 1st Edition

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  • Michael G. Aamodt Radford University
  • Bobbie L. Raynes Radford University
  • ISBN-10: 0534355080  |  ISBN-13: 9780534355081
  • 560 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2001
  • © 2001 | Published
  • College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $221.25



This applied text, designed to increase the student's human resource skills, is a self-contained text, workbook, and study guide-all for one price. Written in a conversational style using stories, real-world examples, and humor, the book is sure to engage the reader. The authors include free-writes, case studies, projects, and personality tests to help students apply what they have read. The pages are perforated to make it easier for students to hand in their projects.

Table of Contents

About The Authors.
Section I. Keys To Managing Yourself.
1.Understanding Yourself And Others.
Understanding Human Relations. Predisposing Factors. Situational Factors. The Reasoning Process. Measuring Personality.
2. Managing Stress To Meet The Demands Of Life And Work.
Stress Defined. Predisposition to Stress. Sources of Stress. Consequences of Stress. Organizational Responses to Stress. Managing Stress. Workplace Violence.
3. Managing Time And Demands.
Time Management and Interpersonal Effectiveness. Time Management vs. Behavior Management. Time Management Strategies.
4. Developing A Sense Of Ethical Professionalism.
Professionalism. Ethical Behavior.
Section II. Keys To Working With Others.
5. Understanding The Diverse Nature Of Others.
Prejudice versus. Discrimination. Prejudice, Discrimination, and Racism in the 21st Century. Discrimination in the Workplace.
6. Working With Difficult People In Difficult Situations.
Defining Conflict. Analyzing Conflict. Managing Conflict.
7. Understanding Interpersonal And Organizational Communication.
Types of Organizational Communication. Interpersonal Communication. Improving Employee Communication Skills.
8. Understanding Group Interaction.
Definition of a Group. Reasons for Joining Groups. Factors Affecting Group Performance. Individual vs. Group Performance.
9. Getting Other People To Like Us.
How People Form Impressions. Trying to Manage Impressions Using Impression Formation to Write a Resume. Cover Letters.
Section III. Keys To Leading Managing Others.
10. Understanding And Applying Leadership Skills.
An Introduction to Leadership. Personal Characteristics Associated with Leadership. Interaction Between the Leader and the Situation. Specific Leadership Skills. Leadership: Where Are We Today?
11. Employee Satisfaction.
Why Should We Care About Job Satisfaction? Causes of Job Satisfaction. Integration of Theories. Measuring Job Satisfaction. Absenteeism.
12. Motivating Others.
What Motivates Employees? Integration of Motivation Theories.
13. Developing Others: Organization Development.
Managing Change. Empowering Employees. Developing Teams.
14. Persuading And Influencing Others.
Giving Orders and Expecting Obedience. Conformity. Compliance. Persuasion.
15. Communication Skills.
Communicating Expectations Through Job Descriptions. Communication Expectations Through Performance Appraisals. Terminating Employees.
Name Index.
Subject Index.

Meet the Author

Author Bio

Michael G. Aamodt

Michael G. Aamodt (M.A., Ph.D., University of Arkansas) is a Professor Emeritus of industrial/organizational psychology at Radford University in Radford, Virginia. Currently a principal consultant at DCI Consulting Group, he continues to teach a course each semester to fulfill his love of teaching. An award-winning teacher, Mike has taught courses in employee selection, job analysis, compensation, employee training and development, organizational psychology, organizational influence, organizational politics, and forensic psychology. He has published over 50 articles in professional journals and presented many papers at professional conferences. His fast-paced and humorous presentation style makes him a frequently requested speaker. He is the author of APPLIED INDUSTRIAL/ORGANIZATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY (7th Edition), RESEARCH IN LAW ENFORCEMENT SELECTION, I/O PSYCHOLOGY IN ACTION, UNDERSTANDING STATISTICS IN I/O PSYCHOLOGY, and HUMAN RELATIONS IN BUSINESS. He serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Police and Criminal Psychology, Applied H.R.M. Research, and Criminal Justice and Behavior, and is an active member in such organizations as SIOP, SHRM, IPAC, and the Society for Police and Criminal Psychology. As a trainer and consultant, Mike has helped many organizations deal with such issues as employee selection, performance evaluation, downsizing, organizational change, compensation, and motivation. He is considered one of the nation's experts in police psychology.