Risky Business - Psychological, Physical and Financial Costs of High Risk Behavior in Organizations
- ID: 1311388
- September 2010
- 482 Pages
- Ashgate Publishing
What are the financial and psychological costs of risky behavior in business to the individuals concerned and their organizations? Risky Business provides a perspective on addictive behaviors such as gambling, drug taking and even addiction to work; criminal behaviors such as theft and corruption; and behaviors such as aggression and violence. The authors then look at their implications to employee and organizational health within the context of the workplace environment; an environment that is often synonymous with psychological demands, stress, long hours, overwork and shortages of staff or other essential resources.
An essential guide for occupational psychologists, human resource specialists, risk managers and for researchers in this field.
About the Author
Ronald J. Burke earned his PhD from the University of Michigan and is Professor Emeritus of Organizational Behavior. One of Canada's most prolific researchers, Professor Burke's work has focused on the relationship between the work environment and individual and organizational health. He was the Founding Editor of the Canadian Journal of Administrative Sciences and has served on the editorial boards of more than a dozen journals. He has served as Director of the PhD Programme at Schulich, and as Associate Dean for Research. He has participated in research conferences in North and South America, the UK, Europe, Asia and Australia.
He has published over 500 journal articles and edited or co-edited 27 books with a variety of publishers. He has participated in over 300 management development programs as well as serving as a consultant on organizational effectiveness issues for private and public sector organizations. His views on management and organizations have also appeared in various media.
Cary L. Cooper, CBE, is Distinguished Professor of Organizational Psychology and Health, Lancaster University Management School at Lancaster University, England. He is the author of over 100 books and 400 scholarly articles, and is a frequent contributor to national newspapers, TV and radio.
He is currently Founding Editor of the Journal of Organizational Behavior and Editor in Chief of the medical journal Stress & Health. He is past President of the British Academy of Management, is a Companion of the Chartered Management Institute and one of the first UK based Fellows of the (American) Academy of Management. Professor Cooper is also the President of the Institute of Welfare Officers, President of ISMA, President of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy, President of RELATE and Chair of the Academy of Social Sciences.
In 2001, Cary was awarded a CBE by the Queen in the Queen's Birthday Honours List for his contribution to organizational health. SHOW LESS READ MORE >
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About the Editors
Part I Introduction
Chapter 1 Human Frailties and Toxic Organizations
Ronald J. Burke
Part II Human Frailti es
Chapter 2 Work Hours, Work Intensity and Work Addiction:
Weighing the Costs
Ronald J. Burke
Chapter 3 Understanding and Treating Workaholism:
Setting the Stage for Successful Interventions
Corine I. van Wijhe, Wilmar B. Schaufeli, and Maria C. W. Peeters
Chapter 4 Dangerous Concoctions:
Alcohol, Employment and the Family
Paul M. Roman and Lauren A. O’Brien
Chapter 5 Case Studies on Substance Abuse in the Workplace
Lord Victor Adebowale CBE and Sarah Reed
Part III Toxic Organizati ons
Chapter 6 Discrimination as High Risk Behavior in the Workplace
Robert L. Dipboye
Chapter 7 Psychologically Intimate, Romantic, and
Sexually Intimate Relationships in the Workplace
Ronald J. Burke
Chapter 8 Sexual Harassment in the Workplace
Vicki J. Magley, Timothy J. Bauerle, and Benjamin M. Walsh
Chapter 9 Job Demands, Resources and Psychological and
Physical Well-being: Critical Factors Which May
Make Some Jobs More Stressful Than Others
Chapter 10 Tragic Duty
Ronald J. Burke
Chapter 11 The Nature and Outcomes of Destructive
Leadership Behavior in Organizations
Ståle Einarsen, Merethe Schanke Aasland, and Anders Skogstad
Chapter 12 Bullying in the Workplace
Lars Glasø, Tina Løkke Vie and Helge Hoel
Chapter 13 Workplace Violence: The American Experience
Richard V. Denenberg and Tia Schneider Denenberg
Chapter 14 Managing the Risk of Workplace Accidents
Chapter 15 Biting the Hand that Feeds: The Employee
Theft Epidemic—A Human Face on Theft
Terrence D. Shulman
...Risky Business delves into these murky, twisted, can-of-worms difficult topics, by investigating the psychological, behavioural, and social dimensions of high-risk behaviours by individuals and groups in organizations. Every year we read in the newspapers about 'cases' – where employee behaviour causes immeasurable damage to organizations...Risky Business – aptly-named, tells you how and why this type of event happens: how to spot the symptoms of employee disenchantment, unrest, unhappiness, dysfunction, and so on, and how to ensure that it doesn't happen to you, and your organization!
Buy it, read it, and learn! You won't want to put it down!' – Professor Janice Langan-Fox, Swinburne University of Technology, Australia.
'Burke and Cooper have put together a very impressive book. The theme is very relevant and will attract many readers. They have invited some top experts to help them in the collection and the result is impressive. They also discuss subthemes that are in the intersection of the “yellow magazines” and the serious research, in an effective and super readable manner...the overall final product is innovative, interesting and may I add even needed.' – Prof. Simon L. Dolan, Editor-in-Chief: Cross Cultural Management: An International Journal