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Job Insecurity
Coping with Jobs at Risk



December 1990 | 256 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Given the major organizational changes which have occurred over the last decade--including restructuring and mergers--and the effects of continuing market internationalization, job insecurity is a major problem for many organizations. And yet, there is surprisingly little research on how employees perceive such uncertainty or its impact on work attitudes and behavior. This volume draws together applied psychological research in four countries on the impact of job insecurity on individuals, industrial relations and organizations. It answers such questions as: What is it like to work where there is a pessimistic or uncertain future? What individual and collective behaviors occur as employees try to preserve their jobs? Does job insecurity create a more motivated workforce? What can be done about problems of morale and effectiveness caused by job insecurity? Through the development of theory, the presentation of research findings, and the discussion of policy implications, Job Insecurity examines this critical phenomenon. Well written and enlightening, this volume will be essential reading for practitioners, researchers and students of management, organization studies, organizational psychology, and industrial relations. "This is a useful book, useful not only for its painstaking approach to its subject matter, but for its insistence that much current theorizing about developments at work owes more to assertion, speculation, even fashion than to soundly based knowledge. In a landscape littered with the abandoned shrines of yesterday's false gods it is now urgent that, as a discipline, we seek to replace the evangelist by the researcher. This is the contribution of this volume." --Organizational Studies "The implications brought out by this work are wide ranging and thought provoking. This book is a notable presentation of job insecurity as a social-psychological phenomenon where the individual's perceptions and attributions of causes, and his personal reactions are explored in detail. Perhaps one of the most significant contributions of this book is the collaborative study of researchers from different countries. As a result, the far-reaching and global interpretations proposed for the data are applicable in a multinational perspective. . . . All in all this is a significant book which can stimulate a lot of introspection and study." --Management & Labour Studies "Because of the relationship of job security and satisfaction to health the book is as relevant to health professionals as it is to employees, unions, management and governments." --Journal of the Institute of Health Education
Dan Jacobson and Jean Hartley
Mapping the Context
Dan Jacobson
The Conceptual Approach to Job Insecurity
Bert Klandermans, Tinka van Vuuren and Dan Jacobson
Employees and Job Insecurity
Tinka van Vuuren, Bert Klandermans, Dan Jacobson and Jean Hartley
Predicting Employees' Perceptions of Job Insecurity
Tinka van Vuuren, Bert Klandermans, Dan Jacobson and Jean Hartley
Employees' Reactions to Job Insecurity
Jean Hartley
Industrial Relations and Job Insecurity
A Social Psychological Framework

 
Jean Hartley
Industrial Relations and Job Insecurity
Learning from a Case Study

 
Leonard Greenhalgh and Robert Sutton
Organizational Effectiveness and Job Insecurity
Leonard Greenhalgh
Organizational Coping Strategies
Jean Hartley, Dan Jacobson, Bert Klandermans and Tinka van Vuuren
Conclusions

`The main focus is upon employees rather than organizations and the intended readership includes academic researchers, human resource specialists, managers, trade union officials and consultants... it will earn a valued place in the literature for being the first book in the contemporary period to pull the threads of job insecurity together, to emphasize its importance as an occupational psychological topic and to stimulate valuable further research in this important area' - The Occupational Psychologist

`The implications brought out by this work are wide ranging and thought provoking. This book is a notable presentation of job insecurity as a social-psychological phenomenon where the individual's perceptions and attributions of causes, and his personal reactions are explored in detail. Perhaps one of the most significant contributions of this book is the collaborative study of researchers from different countries. As a result, the far-reaching and global interpretations proposed for the data are applicable in a multinational perspective. The differences have not been reconciled and integrated into a unified common mould, but broad-based models have been propsed to suit these perspectives. All in all this is a significant book which can stimulate a lot of introspection and study.' - Management and Labour Studies

`This volume is valuable in two ways. First, it argues vigorously and cogently for the need to know more about the social psychological aspects of work behaviour.... The volume persuasively argues the heuristic value of a concern for the social psychological links in much current analysis of employees' behaviour. Having demonstrated the legitimacy and importance of the questions raised by the book, the volume's second contribution is towards answering them.... This is a useful book, useful not only for its painstaking appproach to its subject matter, but for its insistence that much current theorizing about developments at work owes more to assertion, speculation, even fashion, than to soundly based knowledge. In a landscape littered with the abandoned shrines of yesterday's false gods it is now urgent that, as a discipline, we seek to replace the evangelist by the researcher. This is the contribution of this volume.' - Organization Studies

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Jean Hartley

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ISBN: 9780803982536
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