An exploration into the ways in which friendships, isolation and enemy-ships influence and affect our experience of work. The theme of the research volume is 'Alienation to Suffocation'; canvassing issues from loneliness and isolation through to the positive aspects of a friendly workplace.
DR IAIN MCCORMICK is a leading Asia Pacific management consultant and business coach who recently returned to New Zealand after a decade in Hong Kong. He is the author of over 100 practical and academic articles in a wide range of psychological and business topics. He heads the Executive Coaching Centre Limited in New Zealand and coaches a range of boards of directors, chief executives and other senior managers in New Zealand and Australia. GILES ST. J BURCH is a Senior Lecturer in HRM in the Department of Management and International Business, The University of Auckland. He is a Registered Psychologist (NZ), Chartered Occupational Psychologist and Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society, and a Chartered Scientist (UK). He is also an elected member of the American Psychological Association (Society of Consulting Psychology) and a founding member of the British Psychological Society's Special Group in Coaching Psychology. He has a particular expertise in personality profiling, psychological coaching, career counselling, team facilitation and leadership development. Prior to practicing as a consulting psychologist, Giles worked for a number of years in the mental health field. ADRIAN FURNHAM is a Professor of Psychology at University College London. His research interests include Organisational psychology; psychometrics, especially personality assessment; complementary medicine; cross-cultural psychology, especially mental health and migration; economic socialisation. He has over 500 publications. DR JANIE HARDEN FRITZ conducts research on communication in problematic workplace relationships, organizational communication ethics, and communication pedagogy. She has published in numerous communication journals, is co-editor of Problematic Relationships in the Workplace (Peter Lang), and is the current 2nd vice-president of the Eastern Communication Association. Dr Fritz is an Associate Professor in the Department of Communication and Rhetorical Studies, McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts at Duquesne University. She specialises in interpersonal and intercultural communication. BARBARA WINSTEAD is a professor at Old Dominion University. Her research focuses on relationships, gender, and individuals who are HIV+. She is particularly interested in how gender influences relationships, how relationships influence coping, and how relationships influence individual health and safety behaviours (e.g., medical adherence and condom use). She is also interested in how individuals cope with multiple roles. KARIN SANDERS is the Head of the Organisational Psychology and Human Resource Development Department at the University of Twente. Her main research interests include the effects of Human Resource Management on attitudes and behaviors, in terms of cooperative behavior, commitment, knowledge sharing and absenteeism of employees within teams. She is particularly interested in the effects of alignment between line managers and HRM/HRD managers on organisational climate. PATRICIA M. SIAS is Professor of Communication in the Edward R. Murrow College of Communication at Washington State University. Her research centers on workplace relationships. She has published articles in and served on the editorial boards of a variety of academic journals including Communication Monographs, Human Communication Research, Management Communication Quarterly, Western Journal of Communication, Communication Quarterly, and Journal of Applied Communication Research. She has won numerous awards for her research including the W. Charles Redding Outstanding Dissertation in Organizational Communication Award from the International Communication Association, several Top Paper awards from the National Communication Association, and the Distinguished Faculty Achievement Award from the Washington State University College of Liberal Arts. DR WENDELIN KUPERS is affiliated with the Department of Management and Inter