01 The paradox of fear -- 02 The cultural backdrop of fear -- 03 Perspectives on fear -- 04 Cultures of fear within organizations -- 05 Feeling fear at work -- 06 Over-control and manipulation in the workplace -- 07 Organizations in crisis -- Part Two How we can harness fear to improve productivity and organizational health through promoting human values -- 08 Being human -- 09 Creating psychologically healthy workplaces -- 10 Leadership and appreciative inquiry -- 11 Developing resilience -- 12 Building trust within organizations -- 13 The power of language -- 14 Building a culture of innovation -- 15 What about the future?
"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. This book 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"-- Provided by publisher.