Collaboration: A key theme underlying the course is the need to move beyond the limits of hierarchical thinking and recognize we live in an increasingly interconnected and collaborative world. The changing nature of organizational life requires everyone, not just managers, to embrace shared responsibility and collaborative thinking. Making sense of and building skills to succeed in this collaborative context are mainstream themes for the course.
Emphasis on Relationships: Drawn from current research, the course highlights the importance of interpersonal relationships in OB. Special emphasis is placed on relationship-building processes relative to communication, power, and leadership.
Context Is a New Key Theme Throughout: Students aremcontinually reminded to think about organizational behavior as it occurs in a dynamic and ever-changing world. Sections on organizational culture and structure will work well for those who like to start their course by framing first in organizational context, and then bringing it down to the individual level.
Communication: Organizations need effective communicators. The discussion of communication has been refreshed to incorporate research on voice, silence, feedback-giving and feedback-seeking.
Leadership Process Material Has Been Substantially Updated: Leadership process material has been substantially updated to reflect emerging trends in leadership research on identity, followership, relational leadership and collective leadership. The overview of trait, behavioral, and contingency approaches to leadership is extended to include a discussion of complexity leadership and ethics.