The "dark" Side of Management
Linda L. Neider, Chester Schriesheim
Information Age Pub., 2010 - Business & Economics - 197 pages
A volume in Research in Management (Sponsored by the Southern Management Association)Series Editors Linda L. Neider and Chester A. Schriesheim, University of MiamiMirroring a parallel movement in psychology, one recent trend in the study oforganizations has been an increased focus on positive management and organizational behavior.However, while contributing to an enhanced understanding of organizational phenomena, thisfocus tends to ignore negative aspects of workplace behavior, which can have very seriousconsequences for individuals, groups, and organizations. Given what many of us have seen overthe past year in terms of the handling (mis-handling) of downsizing, restructuring, andcompensation, it seems clear that the darker side of management is a topic of great concern.Thus, Volume 8 of Research in Management is devoted to exploring what has beencalled "The Dark Side" of management and organizational behavior. It includes seven chaptersthat are written by leading experts on a diverse range of topics, including abusive supervision attributions, dysfunctional mentors, destructive executives, social exclusion, public and private deviance, instrumental counterproductive behavior, and an examination ofthe difference between abusive and supportive leadership.Each of these chapters makes a unique contribution to understanding negative workplace behavior and each should stimulate afuture stream of research in the same or related domains. Comments by the editors are also provided, highlighting other areas where thestudy of "dark side" behavior and phenomena would seem particularly beneficial for the advancement of knowledge aboutorganizations and their effective functioning.
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