Misbehavior in organizations: Theory, research, and management

Yoav Vardi*, Ely Weitz

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For many years, scholars aligned with mainstream research paradigms that make up organizational behavior (OB) have been leaning toward the more positive depiction of organizational reality. To better understand people's behavior in the workplace, they must also explore misbehavior. Organizational Misbehavior (OMB) is a term that was coined by Yaov Vardi about 10 years ago when he found out there were no models for how to predict "misconduct" at work. Thus, the purpose of this book is to delineate a new agenda for organizational behavior theory and research. Devoted to the study and management of misbehavior in work organizations, this volume is divided into three parts. Part I discusses the prevalence of these phenomena. It searches for typologies and definitions for misbehavior in the management literature using a historical perspective and proposes a general framework of OMB. Part II explores some important manifestations and antecedents of OMB at different levels of analysis--the person, the job, and the organization. Finally, Part III presents practical and methodological implications for managers and researchers. The authors offer a comprehensive and systematically developed framework for the development and management of misbehavior in organizations. The book is intended for students, scholars, and practitioners who manage OB.

Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationMahwah, N.J
PublisherLawrence Erlbaum Associates. Inc.
Number of pages337
ISBN (Electronic)1410609057, 9781410609052
ISBN (Print)0805843329, 0805843337
StatePublished - 2004

Publication series

NameSeries in applied psychology
PublisherLawrence Erlbaum Associates Inc.

ULI Keywords

  • uli
  • Business ethics
  • Corporate culture
  • Organizational behavior
  • Work ethic
  • Business -- Moral and ethical aspects
  • Businesspeople -- Professional ethics
  • Commercial ethics
  • Corporate ethics
  • Corporation ethics
  • Culture, Corporate
  • Organizational culture
  • Institutional culture
  • Behavior in organizations
  • Ethic, Work


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