"The book is extremely well organized going through key organizational behavior concepts dealing with a person, team, and organization unit of analysis. Well-written text and concise discussions highlight each chapter so that follow-up student questions are limited. I teach many types of students from business, nursing, engineering, and so on that reflect any organization. The book gives good examples for students to compare and contrast their expectations and experiences and this adds to the material I present in class."
"I've adopted this text because it provides students with an excellent comprehensive, yet easy to read, overview of the critical OB topics. Students become engaged with the material and they arrive to class ready to discuss and apply it. They always have clarifying questions for me which indicates that not only are they reading the material, but they are thinking about what the issues mean for them as future leaders. What more can I ask from a textbook? Through reading the text, students gain a wonderful foundation from which I can build during our class. I never have to spend time re-teaching confusing concepts. Instead, because the text is clear, concise and thorough, I get the fabulous opportunity to use class time to make the material come alive."
"In general, I like this book, and think it covers a lot of ground in a very succinct and easy-to-read manner. I'd highly recommend this book to instructors who teach introductory-level OB courses."
"The topics (chapters) covered are appropriate for the title of the text, Understanding Organizational Behavior. I especially like how the first chapter introduces the subject and the other chapters that follow. The chapters are written in an interesting and easy to read manner allowing for the different levels of understanding among students. The graphics and examples used in each chapter add to the understanding and effectiveness of each chapter."
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About the Author
Dr. Debra L. Nelson is The CBA Associates Professor of Business Administration and Professor of Management at Oklahoma State University. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Arlington, where she was the recipient of the R. D. Irwin Dissertation Fellowship Award. Dr. Nelson is the author of over 70 journal articles focusing on organizational stress management, newcomer socialization, and management of technology. Her research has been published in the Academy of Management Executive, Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, MIS Quarterly, Organizational Dynamics, Journal of Organizational Behavior, and other journals. In addition, she is coauthor/coeditor of several books, including Organizational Behavior: Foundations, Realities, and Challenges (4th ed., South-Western/Thomson Learning, 2003), Gender, Work Stress and Health (American Psychological Association, 2002), Advancing Women in Management (Blackwell, 2002) and Preventive Stress Management in Organizations (American Psychological Association, 1997). Dr. Nelson has also served as a consultant to several organizations including AT&T, American Fidelity Assurance, Sonic, State Farm Insurance Companies, and Southwestern Bell. She has presented leadership and preventive stress management seminars in a host of organizations, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Conoco, Oklahoma Gas and Electric, Oklahoma Natural Gas, and Preview Network Systems. She was honored with the Greiner Graduate Teaching Award in 2001, the Chandler-Frates and Reitz Graduate Teaching Award in 1997, the Regents Distinguished Teaching Award in 1994, and the Burlington Northern Faculty Achievement Award at OSU in 1991. Dr. Nelson also serves on the editorial review board of the Academy of Management Executive.