This milestone Handbook brings together an impressive collection of international contributions on micro research in Organizational Behavior. Focusing on core micro Organizational Behavior issues, chapters cover key themes such as individual and group behaviour. The Sage Handbook of Organizational Behavior Volumes I provides students and scholars with an insightful and wide reaching survey of the current state of the field and is an indespensible road map to the subject area. The Sage Handbook of Organizational Behavior Volume II will publish in November 2008. Edited by Stewart R Clegg and Cary L Cooper this Handbook draws together contributions from leading macro Organizational Behavior scholars.

Work Stress

Work stress


In the broadest sense, work stress represents the study of the impact of jobs and organizational conditions on the health and well-being of employees. Work stress researchers typically investigate the relationship between stressful jobs and organizational conditions (termed ‘stressors’) and employees' reactions to these conditions (termed ‘strains’). According to Cooper and Dewe (2004) work stress research has existed for nearly a half century, and along the way, volumes of research findings have been accumulated.

Fortunately, several excellent and comprehensive reviews of the work stress literature have appeared during this period. Why, then, do we need yet another review of the work stress literature? We believe there are four reasons. First, given the sheer volume of work stress research that has been conducted to ...

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