Textbooks for teaching critical OB – Please help me to keep this list updated!

So what are the potential textbooks for a course on critical OB? Well, there are a few, as I see it, even if they are far from outnumbering the more traditional OB textbooks. Personally, I believe that the following books are useful:

Fiona Wilson (2010) Organizational Behaviour and Work: A Critical Introduction [Paperback], Oxford University Press (there is a fourth edition available, 2013)

This book is fairly easy to read and to comprehend, I believe. I used this book before and I think that Fiona Wilson did a great job raising numerous aspects beyond the traditional OB knowledge. I particularly liked the view from above (i.e. what managers actually do) and the view from below (i.e. the meaning of work) in addition to the chapter on the rationality of management.

David Knights & Hugh Willmott (2012) Introducing Organizational Behaviour and Management [Paperback], 2nd edition, Cengage Learning

A very comprehensive book that is particularly useful in case you have loads of time in your course. Different authors wrote the chapters. Personally, I think that some of the chapters are difficult to understand.

Martin J. Corbett (1994) Critical Cases in Organisational Behaviour. Macmillan (reprinted 2003)

Some may argue that this is rather outdated stuff. No, it isn’t! The topics addressed in the cases are still up-to-date and I mean there must be reason why Macmillan decided for a reprint in 2003.

Suzette Dyer, Maria Humphries, Dale Fitzgibbons & Fiona Hurd (2014) Understanding Management Critically. A Student Text, Sage

As the title elucidates this is not a OB textbook. However, the authors address topics such as organisational structures, work, politics and power, gender, race and leadership, all of which belong to the usual curriculum of Organisational Behaviour. Furthermore, in chapter 2 the authors provide an overview of influential thinkers and the critical discourse. Although, some may argue that this is done in a somewhat superficial way, I believe this chapter has the potential to introduce the students to the variety of thoughts present in critical management and organisation studies.

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