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



Leadership is commonly defined as the process of influencing others in a manner that enhances their contribution to the realization of group goals (see, for example, Hollander, 1985; Smith, 1995a). This process is widely seen to involve the positive impact of one person on the behaviour of many others and, for this reason, is often viewed as the key to effective and efficient organizations. If one exceptional person is capable of marshalling the energies of all others, logic dictates that effort expended in recruiting, retaining and understanding such a person is effort well spent. For this reason ‘leadership training is big business' (Pfeffer, 1998, p. 736). It should also be no surprise to find both that leadership is widely considered the most important topic ...

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