Organizational Behavior

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Organizational Behavior

By Mary Uhl-Bien, John R. Schermerhorn, Jr., and Ronald F. Piccolo

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Mary Uhl-Bien is the Howard Hawks Chair in Business Ethics and Leadership at the University of Nebraska. She earned her Ph.D. and M.B.A. in organizational behavior at the University of Cincinnati after completing an undergraduate degree with a focus in International Business and Spanish. She teaches organizational behavior, leadership, and ethics courses at the undergraduate and graduate (MBA and doctoral) levels, and has been heavily involved in executive education around the world. She has been a visiting professor/scholar at Queensland University of Technology (QUT) in Australia, Lund University in Sweden, Pablo de Olavide University in Seville, Spain, and the Universidade Nova de Lisboa/Catolica Portuguesa in Lisbon, Portugal.

Dr. Uhl-Bien’s research interests are in leadership, followership, and ethics. In addition to her conceptual work on complexity and relational leadership, some of the empirical projects she is currently involved in include investigations of “Leadership and Adaptability in the Healthcare Industry” (a $300,000 grant from Booz Allen Hamilton), “Adaptive Leadership and Innovation: A Focus on Idea Generation and Flow” (at a major financial institution in the U.S.), and “Social Constructions of Followership and Leading Up.” She has published in such journals as The Academy of Management Journal, the Journal of Applied PsychologyThe Leadership Quarterly, the Journal of Management, and Human Relations. She won the Best Paper Award in The Leadership Quarterly in 2001 for her co-authored article on Complex Leadership. She has been on the editorial boards of The Academy of Management JournalThe Academy of Management ReviewThe Leadership QuarterlyLeadership, and The International Journal of Complexity in Leadership and Management, and is senior editor of the Leadership Horizons series (Information Age Publishers). Dr. Uhl-Bien has consulted with Disney, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, British Petroleum, and the General Accounting Office, and has served as the executive consultant for State Farm Insurance Co. from 1998–2004. She has been a Visiting Scholar in Spain, Portugal, and Sweden. Dr. Uhl-Bien has trained Russian businesspeople for the American Russian Center at the University of Alaska Anchorage from 1993–1996, worked on a USAID grant at the Magadan Pedagogical Institute in Magadan, Russia from 1995–1996, and participated in a Fulbright-Hays grant to Mexico during the summer of 2003.


Ronald F. Piccolo is the Galloway Professor of Management in the College of Business Administration at the University of Central Florida. From 2009-2016, he served as the Cornell Professor of Management and Academic Director of the Center for Leadership Development & Executive Education in the Crummer Graduate School of Business at Rollins College. Dr. Piccolo earned a Ph.D. in management from the University of Florida, an M.B.A. from Rollins, and a Bachelor’s of Science in mathematics from Stetson University. He has been a visiting scholar at Drexel University in Philadelphia, Jacobs University in Bremen, Germany, and the Amsterdam Business School.

Dr. Piccolo teaches or has taught graduate-level courses in leadership, organizational behavior (OB), research methods, and management strategy. At Rollins College, he was recipient of the Cornell Distinguished Teaching Award (2015-2016) and the Cornell Distinguished Faculty Award (2011-2012) for outstanding teaching, research, and service, and was a keynote speaker (2012, 2013, and 2014) on “Teaching Effectiveness” for the OB division of the Academy of Management.

His research on leadership, motivation, job design and personality has been published in Forbes magazine,,, in numerous textbooks, and in top academic journals such as the Academy of Management Journal (AMJ), Journal of Applied PsychologyPersonnel PsychologyHuman Resource ManagementJournal of Management, and the Journal of Organizational Behavior. Dr. Piccolo is a featured blogger for The CEO Magazine and several of his research papers have earned recognition including Editor’s prize for Best Scholarly Paper published in Nonprofit Management and Leadership(2007), finalist for the Best Scholarly Paper in the Leadership Quarterly(2009 & 2012); Society of Industrial and Organizational Psychology’s “top rated” conference poster (2009); Best Overall Conference paper at the annual meeting of the Southern Management Association (2010).

Dr. Piccolo has served as chair of the OB track for the Southern Management Association, coordinator of the Network of Leadership Scholars, as co-editor of a special issue of the Journal of Leadership and Organizational Studies, and has served on several editorial boards. He is currently on the Executive Committee for the OB division at the Academy of Management and serves as Associate Editor of Organizational Dynamics.

Dr. Piccolo’s consulting experience includes leadership development, executive coaching, strategic planning, economic impact, and board development for such clients as the Central Florida Commission on Homelessness, Central Florida YMCA, Hispanic Business Initiative Fund, Mears Transportation, Lockheed Martin, Puff ‘n Stuff, Inc., 4C, Southern Traditions Development, and the Seminole Community College Foundation. He serves on the Boards of Directors for the Heart of Florida United Way and the Central Florida YMCA, and on the Corporate Advisory Board of the Association of Latino Professionals in Finance and Accounting (ALPFA).


John R. Schermerhorn, Jr. is the Charles G. O’Bleness Emeritus Professor of Management in the College of Business at Ohio University where he teaches undergraduate and MBA courses in management, organizational behavior, and Asian business. He earned a PhD degree in organizational behavior from Northwestern University, after receiving an MBA degree (with distinction) in management and international business from New York University, and a BS degree in business administration from the State University of New York at Buffalo.

Dr. Schermerhorn focuses his teaching and textbooks on bridging the gap between the theory and practice of management. He has won awards for teaching excellence at Tulane University, The University of Vermont, and Ohio University, where he was named a University Professor, the university’s leading campus-wide award for undergraduate teaching. He also received the excellence in leadership award for his service as Chair of the Management Education and Development Division of the Academy of Management.

Dr. Schermerhorn’s international experience adds a unique global dimension to his teaching and writing. He holds an honorary doctorate from the University of Pécs in Hungary, awarded for his international scholarly contributions to management research and education. He has also served as a Visiting Fulbright Professor at the University of Botswana, Visiting Professor of Management at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, on-site Coordinator of the Ohio University MBA and Executive MBA programs in Malaysia, and Kohei Miura Visiting Professor at the Chubu University of Japan. Presently he is Adjunct Professor at the National University of Ireland at Galway, a member of the graduate faculty at Bangkok University in Thailand, and Permanent Lecturer in the PhD program at the University of Pécs in Hungary.

An enthusiastic scholar, Dr. Schermerhorn is a member of the Academy of Management, where he served as chairperson of the Management Education and Development Division. Educators and students alike know him as author of Exploring Management (2014) and Management 12e (Wiley, 2013). His many books are available in Chinese, Dutch, French, Indonesian, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish language editions. Dr. Schermerhorn has also published numerous articles in publications such as the Academy of Management JournalAcademy of Management ReviewAcademy of Management ExecutiveOrganizational DynamicsJournal of Management Education, and the Journal of Management Development.

Dr. Schermerhorn is a popular guest speaker at colleges and universities. His recent student and faculty workshop topics include innovations in business education, teaching the millennial generation, global perspectives in management, and textbook writing and scholarly manuscript development.

Part 1: Organizational Behavior Today
Chapter 1: Introducing Organizational Behavior

Part 2: Individual Behavior and Performance
Chapter 2: Diversity, Personality, and Values
Chapter 3: Perception, Attribution, and Learning
Chapter 4: Emotions, Attitudes, and Job Satisfaction
Chapter 5: Motivation
Chapter 6: Motivation and Performance

Part 3: Teams and Teamwork
Chapter 7: The Nature of Teams
Chapter 8: Teamwork and Performance
Chapter 9: Decision Making
Chapter 10: Conflict and Negotiation

Part 4: Influence Processes and Leadership
Chapter 11: Communication
Chapter 12: Power and Politics
Chapter 13: The Leadership Process
Chapter 14: Leadership Traits and Behavioral Styles

Part 5: Organizational Context
Chapter 15: Organizational Culture
Chapter 16: Organizational Structures

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