The subject of organizational behavior is composed of a large number of theories that are research based. ­Research studies, when cumulatively integrated, ­become theories, and theories are proposed and followed by ­research studies designed to validate them. The concepts that make up OB, therefore, are only as valid as the research that supports them.

The topics and issues in this book are for the most part research-derived. They represent the result of systematic information gathering rather than merely hunch, intuition, or opinion. This doesn’t mean, of course, that we have all the answers to OB issues. Many require far more corroborating evidence. The generalizability of others is limited by the research methods used. But new information ...

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