An Introduction to Contemporary Work Psychology

  • ID: 4398415
  • Book
  • 510 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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An Introduction to Contemporary Work Psychology is the first textbook to provide a comprehensive overview of work psychology.  Moving beyond the terrain of introductory industrial–organizational psychology textbooks, this book examines the classic models, current theories, and contemporary issues affecting the 21st–century worker.

This text covers all aspects of the psychology of working, including topics such as safety  at work, working times, work–family interaction, recovery, technology, job demands and job resources, working in teams and sickness absence.  While many books in the field focus on the adverse effects of work, this one is unique in emphasizing the positive aspects and outcomes of work, including motivation,  performance, creativity, and engagement. The contributors also discuss prevention and intervention strategies with a special focus on the different levels and aims of interventions, as well as pro–active, positive interventions such as job crafting to amplify productive and well–functioning workers.

Edited by respected leaders in the field and with chapters written by a global team of experts, this is the textbook for advanced undergraduate and graduate courses focusing on work psychology.

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About the Editors vii

About the Contributors viii

Part A Introduction 1

1 Introduction: People at Work 3Maria C. W. Peeters, Toon W. Taris and Jan de Jonge

2 Research Methods in Work Psychology 31E. Kevin Kelloway and Arla Day

Part B Theoretical Perspectives on Work 61

3 The Models that Made Job Design 63Kevin Daniels, Pascale M. Le Blanc and Matthew Davis

4 Current Theoretical Perspectives in Work Psychology 89Jan de Jonge, Evangelia Demerouti and Christian Dormann

Part C Demands 115

5 Quantitative Job Demands 117Marc van Veldhoven

6 Qualitative Demands at Work 144Dieter Zapf, Norbert K. Semmer and Sheena Johnson

Part D Context 169

7 Job Control and Social Aspects of Work 171Norbert K. Semmer and Terry A. Beehr

8 Recovery from Demanding Work Hours 196Sabine A. E. Geurts, Debby G. J. Beckers and Philip Tucker

9 The Design and Use of Work Technologies 220Patrick Waterson

Part E The Worker 241

10 Individual Characteristics and Work–related Outcomes 243Beatrice van der Heijden, Karen van Dam, Despoina Xanthopoulou and Annet H. de Lange

11 Work Family Interaction 267Ulla Kinnunen, Johanna Rantanen, Saija Mauno and Maria C. W. Peeters

Part F Outcomes 291

12 Burnout, Boredom and Engagement in the Workplace 293Wilmar B. Schaufeli and Marisa Salanova

13 Job Satisfaction, Motivation and Performance 321Nathan A. Bowling

14 Safety at Work 342Nik Chmiel and Toon W. Taris

15 Sickness Absence and Sickness Presence 367Rita Claes

Part G Interventions 391

16 Managing Psychosocial Risks in the Workplace: Prevention and Intervention 393Silvia Pignata, Caroline Biron and Maureen F. Dollard

17 Job Crafting 414Evangelia Demerouti and Arnold B. Bakker

18 Teams at Work 434Amanda L. Thayer, Ramón Rico, Eduardo Salas and Shannon L. Marlow

19 Positive Interventions: From Prevention to Amplification 458Carolyn M. Youssef–Morgan and Dale A. Sundermann

Index 481

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The book is targeted at students of work and organisational psychology but it could certainly be of interest for advanced study in related fields. For a book of this quality the paperback version represents excellent value for money and would be a useful introductory text to anyone studying the psychology of work. (Occupational Health At Work, 1 August 2014)

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