Organizational Behavior (OpenStax)
Posted: July 4, 2019 | Updated: October 14, 2020
Author: J. Stewart Black, David S. Bright, Donald G. Gardner, Eva Hartmann, et al.
This OpenStax resource aligns to introductory courses in Organizational Behavior. The text presents the theory, concepts, and applications with particular emphasis on the impact that individuals and groups can have on organizational performance and culture. An array of recurring features engages students in entrepreneurial thinking, managing change, using tools/technology, and responsible management; furthermore, the unique chapter on Social Media and Communication contextualizes the importance and implications of various platforms and communications methods.
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Organizational Behavior (OpenStax) by J. Stewart Black, David S. Bright, Donald G. Gardner, Eva Hartmann, et al. is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License, except where otherwise noted.
4.6 / 5
Dr. Ajay K. Garg
Q: The text covers all areas and ideas of the subject appropriately and provides an effective index and/or glossary
The text covers all areas and ideas of the subject appropriately, however instead of adding reference in the end it should be added after the end of every chapter to make as ready reference to the reader.
Comprehensiveness Rating: 4 out of 5
Q: Content is accurate, error-free and unbiased
The author wrote everything in an unbiased manner but still the content can be improved and updated further.
Content Accuracy Rating: 5 out of 5
Q: Content is up-to-date, but not in a way that will quickly make the text obsolete within a short period of time. The text is written and/or arranged in such a way that necessary updates will be relatively easy and straightforward to implement
Yes, the content is up to date. The cases might be required to update after every five years. The new cases may be added such as to replace the apple case on page 14.
Relevance Rating: 4 out of 5
Q: The text is written in lucid, accessible prose, and provides adequate context for any jargon/technical terminology used
Yes, the text is written in a very clear manner. However, I have cited one problem as below:
Some tables are split into two pages that becomes difficult for reader to understand e.g., table 1.1
Clarity Rating: 4 out of 5
Q: The text is internally consistent in terms of terminology and framework
The text is internally consistent in terms of terminology and framework.
The terminology and symbols are explained coherently. Each section has specific learning objectives. Nevertheless, key take away may be added at end of each chapter
and key take-away concepts.
Consistency Rating: 5 out of 5
Q: The text is easily and readily divisible into smaller reading sections that can be assigned at different points within the course (i.e., enormous blocks of text without subheadings should be avoided). The text should not be overly self-referential, and should be easily reorganized and realigned with various subunits of a course without presenting much disruption to the reader.
Yes, I agree.
Modularity Rating: 5 out of 5
Q: The topics in the text are presented in a logical, clear fashion
The text is written in a lucid, clear and logical manner.
Organization Rating: 5 out of 5
Q: The text is free of significant interface issues, including navigation problems, distortion of images/charts, and any other display features that may distract or confuse the reader
Yes, I agree to the above point. Some suggestions might be:
• One or two cases could have been solved enabling the reader to think critically.
• Few multiple-choice questions could be added in each chapter.
Interface Rating: 4 out of 5
Q: The text contains no grammatical errors
No grammatical or spelling errors could be found.
Grammar Rating: 5 out of 5
Q: The text is not culturally insensitive or offensive in any way. It should make use of examples that are inclusive of a variety of races, ethnicities, and backgrounds
The text does not have an inherent cultural bias.
Cultural Relevance Rating: 5 out of 5
Q: Are there any other comments you would like to make about this book, for example, its appropriateness in a Canadian context or specific updates you think need to be made?
Yes, I would strongly recommend this book and I hope that this review will promote awareness about this text.