Exploring Interpersonal Dynamics

ISBN: 978-0-76231-153-8, eISBN: 978-1-84950-306-8

ISSN: 1479-3555

Publication date: 30 December 2004


We examined how Conservation of Resources (COR) theory has been applied to work and stress in organizational settings. COR theory has drawn increasing interest in the organizational literature. It is both a stress and motivational theory that outlines how individuals and organizations are likely to be impacted by stressful circumstances, what those stressful circumstances are likely to be, and how individuals and organizations act in order to garner and protect their resources. To date, individual studies and meta-analyses have found COR theory to be a major explanatory model for understanding the stress process at work. Applications of COR theory to burnout, respite, and preventive intervention were detailed. Studies have shown that resource loss is a critical component of the stress process in organizations and that limiting resource loss is a key to successful prevention and post-stress intervention. Applications for future work, moving COR theory to the study of the acquisition, maintenance, fostering, and protection of key resources was discussed.


Westman, M., Hobfoll, S., Chen, S., Davidson, O. and Laski, S. (2004), "ORGANIZATIONAL STRESS THROUGH THE LENS OF CONSERVATION OF RESOURCES (COR) THEORY", Perrewe, P. and Ganster, D. (Ed.) Exploring Interpersonal Dynamics (Research in Occupational Stress and Well Being, Vol. 4), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 167-220.

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