In Work Stress and Coping the authors provid an historical account of workplace stress, taking a broad approach by integrating the macro forces impacting the micro, and highlighting what the research in the field tells us about the changing nature of work so that individuals and organizations can create more livable working environments. With an emphasis on the growing influence of globalization, the book explores the forces of change within contemporary societies 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 transformation of theory 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 and suggest alternative methods and future directions. Suitable reading for students of HRM, Organisational Behavior and Occupational Psychology.

The Evolution of Theory and Theories of Work Stress
The Evolution of Theory and Theories of Work Stress

The transformational nature of change leaves no part of society untouched; it reaches into every corner, obligating us as researchers and practitioners to engage in a process of continuous evaluation that assesses and tests the relevance of our theories, the ideas and assumptions that shape them, and their utility in expressing contemporary work experiences. It also requires us, as we have noted before, to distinguish between ‘developing knowledge and applying it’, understanding the difference between ‘describing a relationship’ and ‘giving that relationship meaning’, questioning whose reality we are measuring by asking ‘where are current methodologies taking us’, what can alternative methodologies provide and how the ‘creative tension’ ...

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