Casebook of Organizational Behavior - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780080205038, 9781483279398

Casebook of Organizational Behavior

1st Edition

Authors: Andrew J. Dubrin
eBook ISBN: 9781483279398
Imprint: Pergamon
Published Date: 1st January 1977
Page Count: 338
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Casebook of Organizational Behavior provides a panorama of absorbing, appropriately complex, modern cases from a diversity of work and organizations. The cases chosen are designed to illustrate a wide range of organizational behavior concepts and principles, those ordinarily described and discussed in any comprehensive textbook in organizational behavior. This book is organized into five parts encompassing 44 chapters. It rests upon a foundation of cases about human behavior in organizations drawn from a wide variety of settings. Cases in each chapter are chosen to illustrate concepts that fall under the particular chapter heading, but the classification is not rigid. Each case is accompanied by several questions designed to focus the student's attention upon some of the more important issues raised by the case. After a brief introduction to guidelines for case analysis, this book goes on focusing on individual cases, structured under the general topics of work motivation, the human element in decision making, stresses in managerial and professional life, and political maneuvering in organizations. The next two parts are devoted to cases of small-groups and organizational behavior. Emphasis in small groups is places upon cases that have the most relevance for knowledge workers, including managers, professionals, technical and sales personnel, while in organization behavior focuses on bringing about changes in organizations, yet many of these changes are initiated at the individual and small-group level. This book is of value to college and university undergraduate and masters level courses, and in programs of management development.

Table of Contents



Part I — Introduction

Chapter 1 — Guidelines for Case Analysis

Seven Salient Objectives.

Suggestions for Case Analysis.

Format of the Casebook.


Part II — Individuals

Chapter 2 — The Motivation to Work

Bruce, the Behavior Mod Landlord.

The Elusive Quota.

Why Do I Need a License to Get Ahead?


Chapter 3 — Behavioral Aspects of Decision Making

Can Backyard Gossip Condemn Me?

Creativity Requires the Right Atmosphere.

Baton Rouge is a Long Way From Home.

Every Author Deserves a Publisher.


Chapter 4 — Stresses in Managerial and Professional Life

The Price of Success.

Is there No Justice in the Retailing Business?

Making Eight is a Hassle.


Chapter 5 — Political Maneuvering in Organizations

Give Me Equality, Not Favoritism.

The Maladroit Firing.

The Compulsive Career Planner.

You Need Connections to be Obnoxious.


Part III - Small Groups

Chapter 6 — Small Group Behavior

The Puzzle Block Work Teams.

The Group Decides in Brazil.

The Corporate Office.

The Petty Group.


Chapter 7 — Leadership Styles

The Peripatetic C.E.O. A Different Style of Leadership.

A Fund Drive Needs the Right Leader.

Our Leader is Too Charismatic.

The Disorganized Practitioner.


Chapter 8 — Improving Subordinate Performance

Why Do I Need Objectives?

The Age of Accountability.

The Full Court Press.


Chapter 9 — Interpersonal Communications

The Unisex Job Title.

The Corporate Waterfall.

Who Should Eat The Cost On This One?

A Cybernetics System Feedback Blooper.


Chapter 10 — Intergroup Conflict 195

Last Hired, First Fired, No More.

The Unwanted Chairman.

Who Needs An Interlocutor?

A School System In Conflict.

What Price Competition?


Part IV - Organizations

Chapter 11 — Organizational Climate

The Isolation Blues (A Simple Case of Cabin Fever, Paranoia, and Sexual Frustration).

The Drab Decor at Steel City Nursing Home.

Biting Dogs Used To Be Our Worst Enemy.


Chapter 12 — Management of Individual and Group Change

The Dean Practices Participative Management.

The Decimation of Denver Printing.

What Should We Do With Harry?


Chapter 13 — Organizational Change

The Superhonest Politician.

Centralization Will Ruin Us.

The Disappointed OD Practitioner.


Part V — Appendix

Annotated Bibliography of Organizational Behavior


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