This milestone Handbook brings together an impressive collection of international contributions on micro research in Organizational Behavior. Focusing on core micro Organizational Behavior issues, chapters cover key themes such as individual and group behaviour. The Sage Handbook of Organizational Behavior Volumes I provides students and scholars with an insightful and wide reaching survey of the current state of the field and is an indespensible road map to the subject area. The Sage Handbook of Organizational Behavior Volume II will publish in November 2008. Edited by Stewart R Clegg and Cary L Cooper this Handbook draws together contributions from leading macro Organizational Behavior scholars.




The study of discrimination in organizational behavior has a long history (Dipboye and Halverson, 2004). Before tracing this history, it is important to locate the concept of discrimination in relationship to its corollary concepts: stereotyping and prejudice. In Gordon Allport's (1954) classic book, The Nature of Prejudice, he argued that an acceptable definition of prejudice had to include two essential elements. First, there must be an attitude of favor or disfavor; second, there had to be an over generalized, erroneous belief. The latter generally encompasses the concept of stereotypes, a term coined by Lippman (1922) and borrowed from printing lexicon to indicate its reference to a fixed, unchanging mental process. Discrimination captures the behavior element of Allport's classic conceptualization, and is typically defined as ...

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