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Organizational Stress Management

A Strategic Approach


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Ashley Weinberg, Valerie J. Sutherland, Cary Cooper
    Pages 1-36
  3. Peter Jenkins
    Pages 37-52
  4. Ashley Weinberg, Valerie J. Sutherland, Cary Cooper
    Pages 53-75
  5. Ashley Weinberg, Valerie J. Sutherland, Cary Cooper
    Pages 76-111
  6. Ashley Weinberg, Valerie J. Sutherland, Cary Cooper
    Pages 112-131
  7. Ashley Weinberg, Valerie J. Sutherland, Cary Cooper
    Pages 132-152
  8. Ashley Weinberg, Valerie J. Sutherland, Cary Cooper
    Pages 153-243
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 244-296

About this book


Including practical advice on how to conduct a stress audit and how to target stress 'hot spots' within an organization, Organizational Stress Management provides a fresh strategic model for the manager concerned with the negative effects stress can have both on company performance and the quality of life of individuals at work.


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Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.University of SalfordUK
  2. 2.AlbertaCanada
  3. 3.Lancaster UniversityUK

About the authors

CARY COOPER is Distinguished Professor of Organizational Psychology and Health at the Lancaster University Management
School, UK. He is the author of over 100 books, has written over 400 scholarly articles, and is a frequent contributor to
national newspapers, television and radio. He is a Fellow of the British Academy of Management and also of the US-based Academy of Management. In 2001 he was awarded a CBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours List, and he was Founding Chair of the Sunningdale Institute in the National School of Government, UK. He was also the lead scientist to the UK Government Office for Science on their Foresight program on Mental Capital and Wellbeing, and was appointed a member of the expert group on establishing guidance for the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence on stress management in the workplace in
2009. Professor Cooper is Chair of the Academy of Social Sciences, President of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy, a national Ambassador of the Samaritans, and Patron of Anxiety UK. HR Magazine named him the '6th Most Influential Thinker in HR' in 2009.
Honorary fellowship for Cary Cooper

VALERIE J. SUTHERLAND is an occupational psychologist. As an independent consultant, her particular interest is the 'healthy organization' promoted by an integrated and strategic approach to stress management. Dr Sutherland has researched and published several books on stress, safety performance and individual health and well-being. She was formerly a Senior Lecturer in
Organizational Psychology at the University of Manchester School of Management in the UK and was the Director of its Centre for Business Psychology.

ASHLEY WEINBERG is an occupational psychologist with twenty years' experience in the areas of stress and mental health at work, and a Senior Lecturer in Psychology at the University of Salford, UK. A British Psychological Society media contact, he is a regular
contributor to television and radio broadcasts, as well as newspaper articles on psychological well-being and organizational behavior. In 2007 Ashley published Surviving the Workplace; A Guide to Emotional Well-Being with Cary Cooper and is editor of The Psychology of Politicians.

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'Whether stress exists in organizations is no longer up for discussion, and its effects are equally pervasive. In this readable book, Weinberg, Sutherland and Cooper argue for the logic and benefits of an integrated, organizational strategy to best deal with stress in organizations. The widespread experience of these three authors tells us that this is a book that is well worth reading.' Professor Julian Barling, Associate Dean, Professor of Organizational Behaviour and Psychology, and Queen's Research Chair, Queen's School of Business and Fellow of the Royal Society, Canada

'Comprehensive and thorough a must for those interested in the theory, research and practice of organizational stress management.' Philip Dewe, Professor of Organizational Behaviour, Birkbeck, University of London

"An enlightening book, which confirms that good and effective stress management can benefit everybody working in any organisation." - Business Executive

Reviews for Strategic Stress Management:

'Professor Cary Cooper...has done an excellent job of collating findings over the past five decades. Evidence of this is the good chapter describing legal cases in which staff have sued their employers for exposing them to stressful situations.' - Supply Management

'This is a book that I shall certainly be using more than once. It should be read and re-read by those managers and practitioners who determine policy and develop the organizational processes that will allow us to function in an acceptable working environment. It is an excellent book looking at stress management from the right perspective.' - Strategy

'This book not only examines what stress is, but underlines some of the ways it can be combated and prevented. An insightful evaluation, which is of great use in today's stressful working environment, it will strike a cord with everyone.' - Business Age