Lussier's: Human Relations in Organizations: Applications and Skill Building, 6e takes an application/skill building approach to human relations. This approach suits professors, who want to incorporate more activities and exercises into the classroom, and students who want to be able to do more than just understand concepts, but actually apply and develop skills that they can use in their daily and professional life.
The book continues to have integration balanced by a three-pronged approach:
-clear concise understanding of human relations/ organizational behavior concepts;
-the application of HR/OB concepts for critical thinking in the business world; and
-the development of HR/OB skills.
This approach allows the student to learn the concept, apply it through various applications and situational activities, and ultimately apply it to his/her own life.
Opening cases have been expanded and updated. Throughout the chapter, how the text concepts apply to the case is presented so that students can understand the application of the concepts to actual people in organizations.
Chapter 3 contains a determining personality profile exercise, and in all other chapters students find out how their personality relates to their use of the chapter concepts.
20 all-new Self-Assessment exercises have been added to encourage students to gain an understanding of self.
CASE-Internet with Cumulative Questions - because of the growing use of the Internet, each chapter now has a case study from a real world organization. At the end of the case, the organization's Website address is given so that students can visit the web to get updated information on the case. Chapters 2-15 include cumulative questions. Cumulative questions include concepts from prior chapters. For example, the case for Chapter 11 has five questions related to Chapter 11, which is followed by four questions relating concepts from Chapters 4, 5, 6, 8, and 10. Thus, students continually review concepts from prior chapters.
8 ½ by 11 paperback/workbook format allows the student to tear out activities to work on and hand in.
Work Applications - 10-11 questions throughout the chapter (found in the margin) require students to apply concepts to their own work experiences.
Application Situations - Each chapter contains 2 to 5 boxes with 5-10 questions that require students to apply the concept illustrated in a specific short example.
Objective Cases - Short cases at the end of each chapter with multiple choice and open-ended questions requiring students to apply concepts to people and organizations.
Video Cases are found at the end of several chapters with critical thinking discussion questions that require students to think critically as they apply the specific text concepts to answer questions about an organization shown in the video.
Self-Assessment Exercises - Each chapter has between 2 and 5 exercises (47 total) to enable students to gain personal knowledge of self. Some of the exercises are tied to skill-building exercises to enhance the impact of the self-assessment. All information for scoring and assessing can be found within each exercise.
Group Skill-Building Exercises - Around 30% of the skill-building exercises primarily focus on small group (2-6 members) activities. Thus, breaking into small groups is required.
Role-Play Skill-Building Exercises - Around 10% of the skill-building exercises primarily focus on developing skills through behavior modeling. Breaking into groups of three and role-playing is required.
Video Exercise and Icon - The video exercises are designed to illustrate specific text concepts/styles that the students identify. Each exercise has a place for the students to write their answers.
Individual and Group Skill-Building Exercises -Around 60% of the skill-building exercises primarily focus on individual skill building, most of which are out of class as preparation for the exercise. However, in-class work in groups using the concepts and sharing answers can enhance skill building.
Skill Building Objectives and SCANS - Each skill building exercise begins by listing its objective. Listing the Secretary's Commission of Achieving Necessary Skills (SCANS) competencies developed through the exercise follows the objective
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Table of Contents
Part 1: Intrapersonal Skills: Behavior, Human Relations, and Performance Begin with You
1: Understanding Behavior, Human Relations, and Performance
2: Personality, Learning, and Perception
3: Attitudes, Self-Concept, Values, and Ethics
Part 2: Communication and Conflict Skills: The Foundation of Human Relations
4: How Interpersonal Communication Affects Behavior, Human Relations, and Performance
5: Organizational Structure and Communication
6: Dealing with Conflict
Part 3: Leadership Skills: Influencing Others
7: Leading and Trust
8: Motivating Performance
9: Ethical Power and Politics
10: Networking and Negotiating
Part 4: Leadership Skills: Team and Organizational Behavior, Human Relations, and Performance
11: Team Dynamics and Leadership
12: Teams and Creative Problem Solving and Decision Making
13: Organizational Change and Culture
14: Valuing Diversity Globally
Part 5: Intrapersonal Skills: Personal Development
15: Time and Career Management
Videos to accompany Human Relations in Organizations ISBN: 0072559861 Author(s): LUSSIER
Instructor's Resource CD (IM/TB/CTB/PPT) to accompany Human Relations in Organizations ISBN: 007255987X Author(s): LUSSIER
Manager's Hot Seat DVD ISBN: 0072971762 Author(s): RUE