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Palgrave Macmillan

Group Dynamics and Organizational Culture

Effective Work Groups and Organizations

ISBN 9781403987334
Publication Date January 2013
Formats Paperback Ebook (PDF) Ebook (EPUB) 
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan

Furnham and Xenikou provide an overview of the classic and contemporary theories debated within organizational culture, grounding debates within the context of group dynamics. This psychological focus ties in with OB modules, allowing students to develop their understanding of the psychological processes underpinning organizational life.

ATHENA XENIKOU is Assistant Professor in Social Organizational Psychology at Air Force Academy, Greece. She studied psychology at the University of Crete (Greece) and completed her PhD in University College London, UK. Her research has been published in major I/O journals including Journal of Vocational Behavior, Human Relations, and European Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology; it concerns organizational culture, leadership, groups at work, and organizational commitment and identification.

ADRIAN FURNHAM is Professor of Psychology at University College London, UK. He has authored thirty-six books on the subject of psychology and work and is a regular contributor to newspapers (Financial Times, Telegraph, Guardian, Sunday Times etc) and popular journals (Spectator, New Scientist, Personnel Today etc), as well as academic journals. He also acts as a management consultant, working with a range of corporate clients including Lloyds Bank, BT, Boots, M&S and several international airlines.

Introduction: The Psychology of Work Groups and Organizations
Performance and Decision Making in Groups
Conflict and Negotiation in Groups at Work
Group Creativity and Innovation
The Concept of Organizational Culture
Leadership and Organizational Culture
Organizational Culture and Performance
Organizational Change


'An excellent introductory text to organization culture - accessible, research-based, and engaging for the reader. The authors have managed to fuse a review of research and practice across the diverse areas of organization culture and team working in organizations. This book deserves to be on the shelf of every student in HRM-OB and practicing manager with any remit toward organization change or development. The use of examples and case studies is particularly useful for the reader - this book is a valuable addition to this area.' - Neil Anderson, Professor of HRM and Director of Research (WORC) Work and Organization Research Centre, Brunel University, UK
'Senior leaders in organizations now recognize that culture is key to organizational effectiveness and change and students must therefore be properly enlightened about this complex and fascinating subject. This text by leading researchers provides an excellent and very readable introduction. It is enlivened throughout by illustrations and case studies which dramatically bring the topic to life.' - Michael West, Professor of Organizational Psychology, Lancaster University Management School, Lancaster University, UK
'An incredibly thorough overview of the key theories, models and research in the field of Group Dynamics. Its unique contribution is the special attention given to the important role of organisational culture, complemented with discussion questions and case studies. Highly readable and comprehensive, I would recommend this book as an extremely useful text for all interested in the study of Group Dynamics.'Dr Rebecca Newton, Department of Management, London School of Economics and Political Science, UK
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