Organizational Behavior: From Theory to Practice, 4th Edition

  • John B. Miner State University of New York
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  • ISBN-10: 0765621843
  • ISBN-13: 9780765621849
  • DDC: 658.3
  • Grade Level Range: College Freshman - College Senior
  • 416 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2007 | Published/Released October 2009
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2007

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This unique work bridges the gap between theory and practice in organizational behavior. It provides a practical guide to real-life applications of the 35 most significant theories in the field. The author describes each theory, and then analyzes its usefulness and importance to the successful practice of management. His analysis covers key managerial topics such as goal setting, training and development, assessment, job enrichment, influence processes, decision-making, group processes, organizational development, organizational structuring, and effective organizational operation.

Table of Contents

Cover Page.
Half Title.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
List of Tables and Figures.
The Cornerstones of Scientific Theory and Practical Applications.
1: On the Nature of Theory.
2: On the Nature of Practice and the Theory-Practice Relationship.
From Motivation Theory to Motivational Practice.
3: From Kurt Lewin's Social Psychology to Change Processes and Goal Setting.
4: From David Mcclelland's Achievement Motivation Theory to Achievement/Power-Motivation Training and Competence Assessment.
5: From Frederick Herzberg's Motivation-Hygiene Theory to Orthodox Job Enrichment.
6: From Greg Oldham and Richard Hackman's Job-Characteristics Theory to their Approach to Job Enrichment.
7: From Victor Vroom's and Lyman Porter and Edward Lawler's Expectancy Theories to Compensation and Benefits Practices in Rationalized Organizations.
8: From Fred Luthans and Robert Kreitner's Operant-Behavior Theory to Organizational-Behavior Modification.
9: From Stacy Adams's Equity Theory and the Distributive-Justice Construct to Compensation Administration and Training to Foster Organizational Justice.
10: From Edwin Locke and Gary Latham's Goalsetting Theory to Goal Setting in Organizations.
11: Epilogue on Motivation.
From Leadership Theory to Leadership Practice.
12: From Victor Vroom, Philip Yetton, and Arthur Jago's Normative Decision-Process Theory to the Use of Participative Management.
13: From Fred Fiedler's Contingency Theory of Leadership to the Leader-Match Approach to Management Development.
14: From George Graen's Vertical Dyad Linkage/Leader-Member Exchange Theory to High-Quality Interventions Across the Board, and Enhancing Fast-Track Careers.
15: From Steven Kerr's Substitutes for Leadership to Providing Methods to Improve Influence Processes in Organizations.
16: From John Miner's Role-Motivation Theory to Managerial Role-Motivation Training and Psychological Assessment.
17: From Bernard Bass's Transformational-Leadership Theory to Transformational Training.
18: Epilogue on Leadership.
From Decision-Making Theory to Decision-Making Practice.
19: From Lee Roy Beach's Image Theory to Organizational Decision Making.
20: Epilogue on Decision Making.
From Systems Theory to the Processes and Structures of Organizations.
21: From Eric Trist and Fred Emery's Sociotechnical-Systems Theory to Autonomous Work Groups.
22: From Paul Lawrence and Jay Lorsch's Contingency Theory of Organizations—Differentiation and Integration—To Organization Development and Matrix Structures.
23: Epilogue on Systems.
From Bureaucracy-Related Concepts to the Processes and Structures of Organizations.
24: From Max Weber's Theory of Bureaucracy to the Processes and Structures of Hierarchic Organizations.
25: From Derek Pugh, David Hickson, and Robert Hinings's Theory Underlying the Aston Studies to Organizational Processes and Structuring.
26: From Peter Blau's Theory of Differentiation to Organizational Process and Structuring.
27: From Chris Argyris's Goal Congruence Theory and His Theory of Organizational Learning to Organization Development (Particularly Involving Learning Seminars).
28: From Edgar Schein's Organizational-Culture Theory to Organization Development (Particularly Involving Process Consultation).
29: Epilogue on Bureaucracy.
From Sociological Concepts of Organization to Macro-Organizational Functioning.
30: From Jeffrey Pfeffer and Gerald Salancik's External Control of Organizations Resource Dependence Perspective to Effectively Operating Organizations.
31: From John Meyer and Richard Scott's Neoinstitutional Theory to Management Education.
Epilogue on Sociological Concepts.
Name Index.
Subject Index.
About the Author.