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Humanitarian Work Psychology and the Global Development Agenda

Case studies and interventions

Edited by Ishbel McWha-Hermann, Douglas C. Maynard, Mary O'Neill Berry

© 2016 – Routledge

228 pages | 14 B/W Illus.

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About the Book

In recent years, a new movement has emerged within organizational psychology, transposing the established principles of the field onto arenas of more pressing humanitarian need, including the humanitarian treatment of all workers in all work settings. Humanitarian Work Psychology (HWP) stretches the parameters of the discipline to focus on regions, communities, and groups of workers that can potentially benefit most from its research and insights.

Humanitarian Work Psychology and the Global Development Agenda is the first book to provide a collection of case studies of HWP in action. Edited by some of the leading scholars in the field, it benchmarks HWP against the developmental goals set out by the United Nations at the start of the century as the most pressing issues of our age, ranging from the eradication of extreme poverty and hunger and the achievement of universal primary education, to gender equality and empowerment, the reduction of child mortality, greater environmental sustainability and global partnership-building.

Including findings from interventions conducted in Nigeria, India, Ghana, Hong Kong and Sierra Leone, the book examines how the latest research from organizational psychology can be used to support people working in developing economies, as well as in humanitarian work itself. The collection concludes with a section on how this exciting new field will develop in the future, particularly in reference to the forthcoming United Nations goals for global sustainable development.

Humanitarian Work Psychology and the Global Development Agenda will be a fascinating read not only for all students and researchers of Organizational Psychology, but also those working and studying in the related fields of Development Studies, Environmental Sustainability, International Politics and International Economics.

Reviews

‘The book illustrates the important contributions humanitarian work psychology can make to enhancing human welfare. The case studies provide concrete examples of meaningful applications in a wide variety of international settings. Highly recommended for I-O psychologists who want to have a positive impact on global development efforts.’

Virginia E. Schein, Department of Management, Gettysburg College, USA.

‘This inspirational book represents the coming of age of a crucial field in the global policy area, offers excellent applications and cases contributing to the Millennium Development Goals, and provides insightful analysis of psychosocial processes in work and humanitarian organizations. I look forward to discussing the book with my students, who are eager to discover new challenging territories for our discipline.’

Jose M. Peiró, Faculty of Psychology, University of Valencia, Spain.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction Ishbel McWha-Hermann, Douglas C. Maynard & Mary O’Neill Berry Part I – Practical Applications of Using Humanitarian Work Psychology to Address the Millennium Development Goals 2. Reaching MDGs 4 and 5: The Application of Organizational Psychology to Maternal and Child Health Programme Sustainability in Sierra Leone Frédérique Vallieres & Eilish McAuliffe 3. Psychology Responds to Intergenerational Poverty in Hong Kong:Strengthening Organizational Capability Eddie Chi Wai Ng, Man Kin Lai, Wendy Suet Yee Lau, Charles C. Chan 4. The Impact of Stakeholders and Mobile Phone Use on Educational Achievement in Ghana: A Humanitarian Work Psychology Study Inusah Abdul-Nasiru & Steven Toaddy 5. Leadership Development via Humanitarian Work: IBM’s Efforts in Nigeria Mathian Osicki 6. Communicable Disease Control in South Asia Mahima Saxena Part II – Process Considerations in Applying Humanitarian Work Psychology to the Millennium Development Goals 7. Putting Human Capabilities to Work: A Person-Centered Approach to International Skills Development Alexander Gloss, Scott McCallum & Lori Foster Thompson 8. Improving Motivation and Performance among Frontline Healthcare Workers in Rural India: The Role of Team-Based Goals and Incentives Rustin D. Meyer, Ruth Kanfer, & Carla Burrus 9. Catch-22 in Humanitarian and Development Work: Emotional Exhaustion, Withdrawal, Health, and Work Motives of These Workers Su Chuen Foo 10. Inter-organisational and Network Learning through Cross-cultural Education Partnerships: Implications for the Health-Related Millennium Development Goals Sarah Glavey & Ogenna Uduma 11. The ‘Social Impact’ of Consulting for Positive Social Change Maura J. Mills & Benjamin S. Wood 12. Organizational Change to Advance Corporate Sustainability: Achieving Greater Societal Impact through Partnerships Sean Cruse Part III – Humanitarian Work Psychology Beyond the Millennium Development Goals 13. Stepping Up, By Stepping Out: Sustaining Humanitarian Work Psychology Karen Hand, Stuart C. Carr & Malcolm MacLachlan 14. The Difficulties of Applied Research: A Challenge for Humanitarian Work Psychology and the Millennium Development Goals Adrian Furnham 15. Volunteer Management and the Millennium Development Goals: Integrating Humanitarian Work Psychology and the Study of Volunteerism Ben M. F. Law & C. Harry Hui 16. Humanitarian Work Psychology and the Millennium Development Goals: Where Do I Begin? Telma Viale 17. Humanitarian Work Psychology: Unique Contributions and Theoretical Development in the Context of the Global Development Agenda Lichia Yiu & Raymond Saner 18. The Maturation of a Profession: A Work Psychology for the New Millennium Joel Lefkowitz 19. Humanitarian Work Psychology and the Millennium Development Goals: Taking Stock and Looking Forward Mary O’Neill Berry, Ishbel McWha-Hermann & Douglas C. Maynard

About the Editors

Ishbel McWha-Hermann is Early Career Fellow in International Human Resource Management at the University of Edinburgh Business School in the UK.

Douglas C. Maynard is Professor of Psychology at the State University of New York at New Paltz in the USA.

Mary O’Neill Berry is former Executive Vice President at Sirota Consulting, and NGO representative to the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) for the International Association of Applied Psychology (IAAP).

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSY021000
PSYCHOLOGY / Industrial & Organizational Psychology