Humanitarian Work Psychology

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Have you ever wondered what makes a good humanitarian organization? How can organizations like the United Nations, the World Bank, and the World Health Organization become more effective in their vital and laudable mission? How can multinational corporations contribute meaningfully to global issues like climate change and poverty reduction? What enables enterprises to grow and develop in challenging settings like the aftermath of a devastating Tsunami? These questions are all related to humanitarian work ...

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Overview

Have you ever wondered what makes a good humanitarian organization? How can organizations like the United Nations, the World Bank, and the World Health Organization become more effective in their vital and laudable mission? How can multinational corporations contribute meaningfully to global issues like climate change and poverty reduction? What enables enterprises to grow and develop in challenging settings like the aftermath of a devastating Tsunami? These questions are all related to humanitarian work psychology and have so far been largely overlooked by global development policy and policy makers. Their focus has remained steadfastly macro. Whilst recognizing the importance of grand plans at the macro level, this book is fresh and unique. It reverses the conventional emphasis completely. It marshals contributions by leading-edge thinkers and practitioners globally. What distinguishes, unites and differentiates them from more conventional ideas is a down-to-earth, everyday focus - the workplace. After all, humanitarian work must be well organized to succeed. It depends on the wellbeing and successful performance of humanitarian workers and the organizational structures that support them, as well as the creation and maintenance of decent work for all. These concerns are the essence of Humanitarian Work Psychology.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780230275454
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 5/22/2012
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

STUART C. CARR is professor of Psychology at Massey University, New Zealand and coordinates the Poverty Research Group, an international cross-disciplinary network. He has led multi-country, cross-sector studies of pay disparity in poverty reduction work. His books are among the first to examine poverty reduction from a work psychology perspective.

MALCOLM MACLACHLAN is professor of Psychology and the Director of Research in the School of Psychology, and Associate Director of the Center for Global Health, at Trinity College, Dublin. He has published extensively in the areas of disability, global health and humanitarian work psychology. He has worked with a range of United Nations and non-governmental organizations and is currently research advisor to the secretariat of the African Decade for Persons with Disability.

ADRIAN FURNHAM is professor of Psychology at University College London, UK. He has held visiting professorships at the University of New South Wales, the University of the West Indies, the University of Hong Kong and the University of KwaZulu-Natal. He has recently been made Adjunct Professor of management at the Norwegian School of Management (2009). He has published 70 books, 1000 papers and is a columnist in the (British) Sunday Times.

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Table of Contents

Notes on Contributors
An Introduction to Humanitarian Work Psychology; S.C.Carr, J.M.De Guzman, S.Eltyeb, A.Furbanham, M.MacLachlan, L.Marai & E.McAuliffe
The Evolution of Industrial and Organizational Psychology; W.Reichman& M.O'Neill Berry
Justice at Work; A.Furbanham
Facilitating the Process of Globally Distributed Development-Focused Research Teams; I.McWha, S.C.Carr & M.MacLachlan
From Humanitarian to Humanistic Work Psychology: The Morality of Business; J.Lefkowitz
The New Diplomacies and Humanitarian Work Psychology; R.Saner & L.Yiu
Motivating the Teacher Workforce in Uganda; C.Tumwebaze &M.MacLachlan
Quo Vadis Interviews in Practice – Demand; S.C.Carr
Quo Vadis Interviews in Practice – Supply; S.C.Carr
Personnel Psychology for Disaster Response and Recovery; E.C.W.Ng, S.M.P.Chan &C.H.Hui
Women, Work and Poverty: Reflections on Research for Social Change; V.E.Schein
Online Volunteers and SmartAid; S.G.Atkins &L.F.Thompson
Building Digital Bridges: The Digital Divide and Humanitarian Work Psychology's Online Networks and Communities; A.Gloss, S.Glavey & J.Godbout
The Importance of Trust to the Funding of Humanitarian Work; C.D.B.Burt
Attributions for and the Perceived Effects of Poverty in East Africa: A Study from Uganda; P.Baguma &A.Furbanham

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