Alex Haslam has thoroughly revised and updated his ground-breaking original text with this new edition. While still retaining the highly readable and engaging style of the best-selling First Edition, the author presents extensive reviews and critiques of major topics in organizational psychology - including leadership, motivation, communication, decision making, negotiation, power, productivity and collective action - in this thoroughly revised edition.
New to the Second Edition:
An entirely new chapter on organizational stress which deals with highly topical issues of stress appraisal, social support, coping and burnout.; New, wider textbook format and design making the entire book much more accessible for students.; A wide range of pedagogical features are included - suggestions for further reading at the end of each chapter and comprehensive glossaries of social identity, social psychological and organizational terms
Chapter 2: The Social Identity Approach
The Social Identity Approach
As we saw in the previous chapter, paradigms for understanding organizational behaviour have tended to take the individual as the primary unit of psychological analysis. They see groups simply as another context in which individual behaviour takes place. This is particularly true of work in the individual differences paradigm (after Münsterberg, 1913) where psychological analysis gives no consideration to the way in which people's personal attributes and cognitive processes are affected by the groups to which they belong. However, it is also true of more recent social cognitive work, which has tended to deny the capacity for groups to determine and change the cognitive processes of individuals.
In an attempt to lay the foundations for an alternative way of ...