Review of Organizational behavior: The psychology of effective management (2nd ed.)

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Abstract

Reviews the book, Organizational Behavior: The Psychology of Effective Management (2nd ed.) by David J. Lawless (1979). This book is a revision of an earlier one published in 1972 by Prentice-Hall entitled Effective Management: Social Psychological Approach. The author has the laudatory objective of trying to bridge the gap between the burgeoning array of behavioral science research findings and theories and the practice of managers. On the positive side, the book is written in a simple readable manner; however, this book fails to achieve the stated purpose of making managers aware and interested in applying behavioral science concepts and theories. Although controversy exists within the field of organizational behavior on the value of closing the research-practitioner gap, I share Lawless's conviction that working towards this is crucial. We obviously disagree on what material is vital to disseminate and the manner in which we are most likely to be successful in closing the gap. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2007 APA, all rights reserved)

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