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Organizational Stress

Organizational Stress
A Review and Critique of Theory, Research, and Applications

Second Edition

March 2023 | 296 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

What price do organizations and nations pay for a poor fit between employees and their work environments?

Negative stress imposes a high cost on individual health and well-being as well as organizational health and productivity. This comprehensive textbook examines the definitions of job-related stress and the methods used to assess levels and consequences of occupational stress, along with strategies that may be used by individuals and organizations to confront negative stress and its associated problems.

From sources of stress to organizational interventions, and from job-related burnout to coping with stress, Organizational Stress gives the reader – whether researcher, student, or practitioner – a basis for tailoring work environments which contribute to the health and well-being of individuals, organizations, and even the societies in which they live.

This new edition has been updated to reflect the most relevant research in the field of organisational stress, including a completely new chapter on stress and the brain. It also focusses on the future of work in our rapidly changing world – dealing with contemporary contexts such as the COVID-19 pandemic and the rise of the gig economy.

Christina G.L. Nerstad is a Professor at BI Norwegian Business School
Ingvild M. Seljeseth is an Associate Professor at Kristiania University College
Astrid M. Richardsen is Professor Emerita at BI Norwegian Business School
Cary L Cooper is a Professor at Alliance Manchester Business School
Philip J. Dewe is Emeritus Professor at Birkbeck, University of London
Michael P. O'Driscoll is Emeritus Professor at University of Waikato

Chapter 1: What Is Stress?
Chapter 2: Organizational Stress And The Brain
Chapter 3: Job-Related Sources Of Strain
Chapter 4: Assessing Job-Related Strains
Chapter 5: A Special Form Of Strain: Job-Related Burnout
Chapter 6: Moderators Of Stressor-Strain Relationships
Chapter 7: Coping With Job Stress
Chapter 8: Organizational Interventions
Chapter 9: Methodological Issues In Job Stress Research
Chapter 10: The Changing Nature Of Work: Implications For Stress Research

it is a very good approach to the topic, very relevant for teaching my course.

Professor Rui Gomes
Psychology, Universidade do Minho
April 11, 2023

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter 7: Coping with Job Stress

Christina G. Nerstad

Christina G. L. Nerstad is Professor of Organizational Psychology/Organizational Behaviour at the Department of Leadership and Organizational Behaviour, BI Norwegian Business School. Her research activities are in the areas of occupational health psychology, organizational psychology/organizational behaviour, and human resource management focusing on the motivational determinants of achievement, stress, health, and well-being at work. Her work has been published in journals such as Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Organizational Behavior, Journal of Occupational Health Psychology, and Human Resource Management, and she has written... More About Author

Ingvild M. Seljeseth

Ingvild M. Seljeseth is a clinical psychologist graduated from the University of Oslo in 2008. She earned her Ph.D. in Leadership and Organizational Behavior from the Norwegian Business School BI in 2018. Seljeseth is currently an Associate professor at Department of Leadership and Organization, Kristiania University College, and an Adjunct Professor at Department of Communication and Culture, BI Norwegian Business School. Seljeseth academical work centers on social hierarchies, leadership, and stress. Prior, Seljeseth worked as an organizational psychologist assisting clients in selecting and developing leaders and management teams. More About Author

Astrid M. Richardsen

Astrid M. Richardsen is Professor Emerita at BI Norwegian Business School, where she was Head of Department of Leadership and Organizational Behavior from 2007-2015. She was founder and Associate Dean for the MSc program in Leadership and Organizational Psychology from 2003-2016. Research interests have been mainly in the area of occupational health, focusing on job stress, burnout, work engagement, and work and organizational outcomes, and she has held several research grants to study these issues. Her work encompasses papers in international and national journals, as well as several edited books and book chapters. She has been an advisor... More About Author

Cary L. Cooper

Cary L. Cooper is the 50th Anniversary Professor of Organizational Psychology and Health at the Alliance Manchester Business School, University of Manchester. He is a founding President of the British Academy of Management, Immediate Past President of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), former President of RELATE and President of the Institute of Welfare.  He was the Founding Editor of the Journal of Organizational Behavior, former Editor of the scholarly journal Stress and Health and is the Editor-in-Chief of the Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopaedia of Management, now in its’ 3rd Edition. He has been an advisor to... More About Author

Philip J. Dewe

Philip Dewe is an Emeritus Professor at Birkbeck, University of London. He has written widely on work stress and coping. He is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences, the European Academy of Occupational Health Psychology, and Birkbeck, University of London. More About Author

Michael P O'Driscoll

Michael P. O’Driscoll is Emeritus Professor of Psychology at the University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand, where he taught courses in organizational psychology and organizational research methods for over 35 years. His primary research interests were job stress and coping, including workplace bullying, and work-life balance, and more generally the relationship between work and health. Since his retirement in 2017 he has actively contributed to Grey Power, an organisation which advocates for the health and well-being of older people in New Zealand. More About Author

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