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Work Stress and Coping: Forces of Change and Challenges

by Philip Dewe and Cary Cooper SAGE Publications Ltd
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In Work, Stress and Coping the authors provide an historical account of workplace stress, highlighting what the research in the field of occupational stress tells us about the changing nature of work, and what individuals and organisations can do to create more liveable working environments.   


The book explores the ‘Forces of change’- globalization, technology and social change – within contemporary societies in depth and assesses how they have fundamentally changed the nature of work and the direction of research into stress and coping.   


Capturing the history, context, critique and the transformation of theories and their translation into practice, the authors offer an insight into how managers and businesses have failed, the effects this has had on how work is experienced, the evolution and relevance of existing theories, alternative methods and future directions in relation to work, stress and coping both nationally and globally.   


Suitable reading for students of HRM, Organisational Behaviour and Occupational Psychology.

Introduction: Stress and mental well being at work
Forces of Change
The evolution of theory and theories of work stress
The New Millennium: Developments, change and turbulence
The evolving nature of work stressors: A prologue to change
A new generation of stressors and the challenges of measurement
Coping with stress; future directions and challenges
Interventions and the challenges

An exciting and richly informed new volume. Masters of this domain, the authors provide the reader with critical contextual detail on the history of the field whilst leaning forward on the cutting edge, charting a healthy pathway into the future.

Philip Dewe is Emeritus Professor of Organizational Behaviour in the Department of Organizational Psychology, Birkbeck, University of London. He graduated with a Masters degree in management and administration from Victoria University in Wellington, New Zealand and with an MSc and PhD from the London School of Economics. After a period of work in commerce in New Zealand he became a Senior Research Officer in the Work Research Unit, Department of Employment (UK). In 1980 he joined Massey University in New Zealand and headed the Department of Human Resource Management until joining the Department of Organizational Psychology, Birkbeck, University of London in 2000. Research interests include work stress and coping, emotions and human resource accounting. He is a member of the editorial board of Work & Stress. He has written widely in the area of work stress and coping.

Professor Sir Cary Cooper, CBE, is The 50th Anniversary Professor of Organizational Psychology and Health at Manchester Business School, University of Manchester, UK. He is also the President of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, President of the British Academy of Management and President of RELATE (the national relationship charity). He is the author/editor of over 150 books, over 400 scholarly articles and a regular contributor to radio and TV. He was knighted by the Queen in 2014 for his contribution to the social sciences.

He is the Editor-in-Chief of the Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Management (14 volumes), Editor of Who’s Who in Management, Editor of the Wiley-Blackwell WELLBEING volumes (six), Founding Editor of the Journal of Organizational Behavior, Founding and Former Chair of the government think tank The Sunningdale Institute and lead scientist on the Government Office for Science Foresight project on Mental Capital and Wellbeing. In 2015 he was voted by HR Magazine as the Most Influential HR Thinker, has been made an Honorary Fellow of the British Psychological Society, Royal College of Physicians, The Royal College of Physicians of Ireland (Occupational Medicine) and many more; and has Honorary Doctorates from a number of universities (eg Sheffield, Bath, Aston, Heriot Watt, Middlesex, Wolverhampton).