Business Management

Organizational Behavior and Virtual Work
Concepts and Analytical Approaches

Arvind K. Birdie, PhD
Madhu Jain, PhD

Organizational Behavior and Virtual Work

Published. Now available.
Pub Date: June 2016
Hardback Price: $129.95 US
Hard ISBN: 9781771882835
E-Book ISBN: 9781771882842
Pages: 296 pp w/ index
Binding Type: hardback

Dr. Birdie Wins Book Award
Apple Academic Press, Inc., is proud to announce that Dr. Arvind K. Birdie has been honored with the Prof. Mrs. Manju Thakur Memorial Award 2016 for Innovative Contributions in Research/Test Construction/Book Publication for her book Organizational Behavior and Virtual Work: Concepts and Analytical Approaches. The award was presented during the 52nd National and 21st International Conference of the Indian Academy of Applied Psychology, held at the Department of Psychology, University of Rajasthan, Jaipur, February 23rd–25th, 2017. Our congratulations to Dr. Birdie!

“This book could not have come at a better time. Currently organizations globally are dealing with a dynamic business as well as a cultural environment that is redefining how organizations will structure and conduct themselves. The book focuses on all the quintessential aspects, like role of leadership, trust, self-efficacy and work-life balance, in an effective manner. A fantastic read for anyone trying to understand and innovate toward building a performance-oriented organization that draws the best from human resource and the IT enablers that are available to be deployed. Unlike other texts on the subject area the book brings a balance of theory and practice. Part 2 offers a critical analysis and presents research that connects practice with theory in a seamless manner. Chapters on work-life balance offer a critical view of this rather ignored aspect. The discussion on managing performance of virtual workers is an aspect that is going to become increasingly important to respond to. The book is a must read for a wide audience of readers, recommend folks to grab a copy in real earnest.”
— Prof. Sandeep Munjal, Director, Vedatya Institute, Gurgaon, India

With the globalization of work and technological advancements in recent years, and with emphasis on service quality today, organizations have changed. Virtual work has emerged as the new employment relationship, and it has been embraced by employees and employers in many industries. This book explores the dynamics of changing organization structures, theories of leadership and trust, and how dimensions of self-efficacy works in this new work relationship. Organizational Behavior and Virtual Work: Concepts and Research shows the enormous impact of technology and globalization on employment relationships and also predicts how they will contribute to the changing dimensions of organizations in the future. With a unique blend of theory and application in the real world of virtual workers, the authors present the most recent research and developments in the relatively new and still emerging area of virtual work. They take an in-depth critical look into the key factors affecting the virtual work environment with practical inputs of suggestions and recommendations.

With the objective of presenting information about this new work scenario, this book attempts to unfold important human behavior processes in organizations. The volume presents a rare combination of the necessary concepts of human behavior in organizations along with the results of research in the field and also makes practical recommendations on virtual work programs.

Key features include:
• a unique blend of research with organizational behavior concepts
• practical recommendations for workers, managers, and business executives
• traditional viewpoints and salient concepts of behavior in organizations
• in-depth empirical research on virtual workforces
• exploration of new challenges for applying traditional theories of organizational behavior in virtual work relationships

PART I: Introduction of Concepts
1. Organizations
Traditional Organizations • Cultural Perspective • Elements of Organizations • Challenges of Organizational Design • Dimensions of Structure • Contemporary Organizational Designs • Challenges for Today’s Organizational Design • Organizational Life Cycle • Organizational Culture • Is It Possible to Change Corporate Culture?
2. Leadership
How Do We Define Leadership? • Are Leaders Born or Made? • Leaders versus Managers • Qualities of Leaders • The Personality Profile of Effective Leaders • Leadership Attitudes • Ethics and Leadership • The Role of Leadership in Organization • Leadership Theories • Team in Organization • The Four Roles of Leadership • The Leadership Challenge • Guidelines for Leading Meetings • Activities of Successful and Effective Leaders • Goals, Values, and Concepts • Roles and Relationships • Determination of Effective Leadership: Various Dimensions • How Founders/Leaders Embed and Transmit Culture
3. Self Efficacy
Positive Organizational Behavior • Positive Psychology • Basic Social Learning Concepts
4. Trust
Definition • Types of Trust • Barriers to Building a Culture for Trust in Organizations • Leadership and Organizational Trust • Measuring Organizational Trust • How to Develop Trust in Organizations • Trust and Globalization
5. Work Life Balance
Introduction • Work Life Balance Defined • Dual Career Families • Work Life Balance Initiatives • Demographic Factors • Organizational Factors • Studies on Work Life Balance • Women and Family
6. Globalization and Virtual Work
Introduction • Emerging Trends in Employment Relationships • Diversity Issues

PART II: Research and Critical Analysis
7. Research on the Relation Between Leadership Effectiveness, Perceived Organizational Climate, Interpersonal Trust and Self Efficacy Among Virtual Workers in Different Organization: Introduction
Virtual Workers • Leadership Effectiveness • Self Efficacy • Trust • Job Involvement
8. Review of Literature
Studies of Organizational Climate • Studies of Leadership • Studies of Self Efficacy • Studies of Trust • Studies of Job Involvement
9. Research Design
Rationale of the Study • Objectives • Hypothesis • Variables • Research Design
10. Methodology
Rationale of the Sample • Distribution of the Sample • Measures and Scoring Methods • Procedure • Statistical Analysis
11. Results
12. Discussion
13. Summary and Conclusion
14. Limitations, Suggestions, and Implications

About the Authors / Editors:
Arvind K. Birdie, PhD
Associate Professor and Acting Principal, IIMT School of Management (Oxford Brooks University), Gurgaon, India

Arvind K. Birdie, PhD, is an Associate Professor and Acting Principal at the IIMT School of Management (Oxford Brooks University), Gurgaon, India. For more than twelve years she has been taking postgraduate and graduate courses in management. Dr. Arvind has been consistently recognized for her teaching abilities. She is an avid reader, and her strength lies in teaching various interdisciplinary subjects with equal ease. Besides academic teaching and training, she has organized management development programs for corporate and academicians. She is a regular presenter at international and national conferences and has published papers in several referred journals. Her areas of interest include leadership, work-life balance, virtual work, and positive psychology. She enjoys travelling and spending time with her family in her free time.

Madhu Jain, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, and Director, Department of Life Long Learning, University of Rajasthan, Jaipur, India

Madhu Jain, PhD, is presently Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Rajasthan, Jaipur, India, where she is also Director of the Department of Life Long. She has been teaching and guiding postgraduate, graduate, and PhD students for over two decades, and has supervised several research projects and work at the MPhil, postgraduate, and PhD levels. Dr. Jain has published nearly forty papers in scholarly national and international journals and also published four books in the area of psychology. In addition, Dr. Jain is associated with many national and international associations.

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