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The Psychology of Fear in Organizations

The Psychology of Fear in Organizations

How to Transform Anxiety into Well-being, Productivity and Innovation

Sheila Keegan

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Understand fear, rife in many organizations, so you can redirect it to provide energy for a new wave of business innovation and growth.

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About the book

In the context of global economic recession, fear has become institutionalized in many organizations, both in the private and public sectors. Board directors are under pressure from shareholders, senior executives are attempting to maintain sales in a nervous market and many people are concerned about job security and maintaining their living standards. The Psychology of Fear in Organizations shows how fear manifests itself in large organizations, how it impacts on the workforce and how by reducing our willingness to take risks and to innovate, it can inhibit economic growth and innovation, at both an individual and corporate level.

The Psychology of Fear in Organizations examines the psychological barriers to innovation and presents initiatives to loosen the paralysis caused by the economic downturn. It presents psychological theory in an accessible way to provide a better understanding of the needs and fears of people and how they can be supported to improve productivity and innovation. Online supporting resources include lecture slides on how to harness fear to fuel innovation.

Table Of Contents

  • Section - ONE: The nature of fear and how it shapes organizations;
    • Chapter - 01: The paradox of fear;
    • Chapter - 02: The cultural backdrop of fear;
    • Chapter - 03: Perspectives on fear;
    • Chapter - 04: Cultures of fear within organizations;
    • Chapter - 05: Feeling fear at work;
    • Chapter - 06: Over-control and manipulation in the workplace;
    • Chapter - 07: Organizations in crisis;
  • Section - TWO: How we can harness fear to improve productivity and organizational health through promoting human values;
    • Chapter - 08: Being human;
    • Chapter - 09: Creating psychologically healthy workplaces;
    • Chapter - 10: Leadership and appreciative inquiry;
    • Chapter - 11: Developing resilience;
    • Chapter - 12: Building trust within organizations;
    • Chapter - 13: The power of language;
    • Chapter - 14: Building a culture of innovation;
    • Chapter - 15: What about the future?


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Book Details

  • EAN: 9780749472542
  • Edition: 1
  • Published: 3rd February 2015
  • Paperback
  • Format: 235x156
  • 288 pages

About the Author

Dr Sheila Keegan is a Chartered Psychologist and has a doctorate in organizational change. In 1983, she co-founded Campbell Keegan Ltd, a business psychology consultancy working in the private and public sectors. An organizational consultant and qualitative researcher for more than 25 years, she helps clients in the private and public sectors to make better decisions in the areas of business strategy, social policy and organizational change management. She is a Fellow of the Market Research Society and an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society.

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