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Human Frailties
Wrong Choices on the Drive to Success

ISBN 9781409445852
Published December 18, 2013 by Routledge
316 Pages

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Book Description

Every day we hear stories about the consequences of human frailties for individuals, their families and friends, and their organizations. Some of these stories are about alcohol and drug addiction and other harmful lifestyle choices, but human frailty also leads to all kinds of unethical and illegal behaviour. Individuals are convicted of bribery and corruption, price fixing, theft and fraud, sexual harassment and abuse of authority. Politicians fiddle their expenses, sports people cheat and fix matches and school and university students and teachers cheat to enhance exam results. Studies have shown that business students cheat more than others and efforts to teach ethical behaviour in business schools make little difference. The media who bring us stories of others' frailties themselves engage in unethical and illegal conduct in pursuit of an edge over their rivals. The contributions to this latest addition to Gower's Psychological and Behavioural Aspects of Risk Series place the spotlight on individuals, their behavioural choices and the consequences that follow for theirs and others' lives and careers. The conclusion is that people do have choices and options and that, whilst there are no easy or quick fixes in addressing self-limiting behaviours, successful avoidance of the worst outcomes can been achieved. This book provides guidance on the practical steps that need to be taken in order to gain a sense of proportion of what is important and of how we are doing, if we are to address our frailties and stop making unethical choices.

Table of Contents

Part I Human Frailties: An Overview: Human frailties in the workplace: their nature, consequences and remedy, Ronald J. Burke. Part II Human Frailties: Antecedents and Consequences: Substance abuse and addiction in the workplace, Susanna Galea and Hamid Ghodse; Materialism and its discontents, Ronald J. Burke; Like moths attracted to flames: management hubris and financial reporting fraud, Michel Magnan, Denis Cormier and Pascale Lapointe-Antunes; The narcissistic leader: the one we love to hate or hate to love?, Suzy Fox; Emotional intelligence and human frailty at work: can we be too emotionally intelligent?, Peter J. Jordan, Ashlea C. Troth and Neal M. Ashkanasy; The challenge of heavy work investment (HWI), Raphael Snir and Itzhak Harpaz; Bullying, stress and health in school principals and medical professionals: experiences at the 'front line', Philip Riley and Janice Langan-Fox; Counterproductive work behavior: where we have been and where we are going, Lisa M. Penney and Stacey R. Kessler. Part III Addressing Human Frailties in the Workplace: Recovery from work stress as an opportunity to foster well-being and performance, Anna Rosa Koch, Verena C. Hahn and Carmen Binnewies; Respite redux, Dov Eden and Mina Westman; Proposed frailties of courage and related interventions, Cynthia L.S. Pury; Professional moral courage: establishing ethical strength in organizational settings, Leslie E. Sekerka; Index.

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Professor Ronald J. Burke was Founding Editor of the Canadian Journal of Administrative Sciences and has served on a number of editorial boards. He was Director of the PhD Program at Schulich School of Business, York University, Toronto, and Associate Dean for Research and is now Professor Emeritus of Organizational Behavior. He has published over 500 journal articles and edited or co-edited many books. Professor Suzy Fox is on the faculty of the Institute of Human Resources and Employment Relations at the Quinlan School of Business, Loyola University, Chicago. Cary L. Cooper, CBE, is Distinguished Professor of Organizational Psychology and Health, Lancaster University Management School, England. He is a prolific author and contributor to national media. He is Founding Editor of the Journal of Organizational Behavior, President, Past President or Chair of a number of academies of management, institutes and national associations.


’This is a valuable and unique book which reflects a new trend: namely concentrating on the dark side of work. Over half the well written and up-to-date chapters examine the causes and consequences of dark people and dark work situations that reflect the book’s subtitle. I very much enjoyed reading many of the chapters in a book that should be of use not only to students and researchers but managers struggling with the forces of darkness in their workplace.’ Adrian Furnham, University College London, UK ’... a sobering and illuminating collection documenting just how often the desire to succeed can come to override honest ethical behaviour and lead to reckless, destructive and fraudulent behaviour resulting in the courts, prison or death.’ Michael Walton, Director, People in Organisations Ltd, UK