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Managing Human Behavior in Public and Nonprofit Organizations

Managing Human Behavior in Public and Nonprofit Organizations

Fifth Edition

December 2018 | 568 pages | CQ Press

“This is a well-thought-out and well-researched textbook on human behavior and relations in organizations. . . .The extensive use of case studies and examples makes the material easy to grasp and apply.” 
—M.S. Kinoti, Ph.D., Regis University

Managing Human Behavior in Public and Nonprofit Organizations, Fifth Edition is an established core text designed to help students develop their leadership and management skills. Bestselling authors Denhardt, Denhardt, Aristigueta, and Rawlings cover important topics such as stress, decision-making, motivation, leadership, teams, communication, and change. Cases, self-assessment exercises, and numerous examples provide students with the opportunity to apply concepts and theories discussed in the chapter. Focusing exclusively on organizational behavior in both public and nonprofit organizations, this text is a must-read for students in public administration programs.

New to the Fifth Edition:


  • Increased attention to issues related to nonprofit organizations helps students develop a better understanding of the differences and similarities in public and nonprofit organizations, as well as the way they interact with one another and with the private sector. 
  • Broadened coverage of issues related to ethics and diversity offers students a broader perspective on important issues to consider, such as the examination of implicit and explicit bias, generational differences, and power and privilege. 
  • Additional discussions of collaboration, inclusion, and participation, both within the organization and with external constituencies, show students the value rationale for engagement and its practical effects. 
  • Revised and updated information on emerging technology illustrates to students how an increasingly digital, connected, and networked environment affects our ability to manage public and nonprofit organizations.
  • New cases, examples, self-assessments, and exercises cover recent developments in research and practice to engage students with relevant ways to practice and improve their management skills.  

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1 Organizational Behavior as a Way of Thinking and Acting
The Roots of Organizational Behavior

More Recent Developments

Does Good Management Make a Difference?

Themes and Purposes of This Book

2 Knowing and Managing Yourself
Ways of Thinking

Ways of Acting

Appendix 2.A: Reddin’s Personal Values Inventory

Appendix 2.B: Fundamental Interpersonal Relations Orientation—Behavior (FIRO)

Appendix 2.C: Career Orientation Inventory

Appendix 2.D: Emotional Intelligence

3 Fostering Creativity and Innovation
Ways of Thinking

Ways of Acting

4 Managing Stress
Ways of Thinking

Ways of Acting

5 Decision-Making
Ways of Thinking

Ways of Acting

6 Motivation and Engagement
Ways of Thinking

Ways of Acting

7 Leadership in Public Organizations
Ways of Thinking

Ways of Acting

8 Power and Organizational Politics
Ways of Thinking

Ways of Acting

9 Communicating Effectively With Others
Ways of Thinking

Ways of Acting

10 Working in Groups and Teams
Ways of Thinking

Ways of Acting

11 Managing Conflict
Ways of Thinking

Ways of Acting

12 Organizational Culture and Change
Ways of Thinking

Ways of Acting

13 Representing the Organization “On the Outside”
Ways of Thinking

Ways of Actin

14 Managing Behavior in the Public Interest
The New Public Service


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“[Managing Human Behavior] condenses a wide swath of information into easy-to-read pages that students will enjoy. . . [It] covers a breadth of topics that are important and relevant.”

Jennifer A. Jones
University of Florida

“This is a well-thought-out and well-researched textbook on human behavior and relations in organizations. . . . The extensive use of case studies and examples makes the material easy to grasp and apply.” 

M.S. Kinoti, Ph.D.
Regis University

“[This book] is a successful presentation of many psychological theories . . . an excellent synthesis of psychological literature useful in analyzing the public sector.”

Charles L. Mitchell
Grambling State University

“This text is a great work to use for graduate-level learners looking to advance their knowledge and careers in the public sector.” 

Eric J. Russell, Ed.D
Utah Valley University

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