Safety – Yours or Theirs?: Decision-making in Organisations Mandating Altruism
Title: Safety – Yours or Theirs?
Subtitle: Decision-making in Organisations Mandating Altruism
Subject Classification: Decision Making, Healthcare, Business and Management, Corporate Governance, Psychology
BIC Classification: KJR, MBP, JM
BISAC Classification: PSY031000, MED078000, BUS071000
Binding: Hardback, pp.(to be confirmed)
Planned Publication date: March 2026
ISBN (printed book): 978-1-80441-518-4
ISBN (web pdf): 978-1-80441-519-1
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The book explores the intricate relationship between personal safety needs and the altruistic mandate of organisations dedicated to ensuring the safety of others, with a primary focus on the English National Health Service (NHS). It delves into the cognitive and emotional tensions that individuals within these organizations navigate, examining how responses to danger may be shaped by the interplay between self-preservation and the duty to protect others. Drawing on extensive research in risk perception, decision-making, and organisational behaviour, as well as real-life situations, the author argues that understanding these tensions is crucial for effectively meeting organisational objectives.
The book contends that the effectiveness of institutions like the NHS in safeguarding populations hinges on acknowledging and addressing the personal needs for safety of those tasked with protecting others. It highlights the complexity of decision-making in high-stakes environments and suggests that organisational structures and policies must be attuned to the nuanced challenges individuals face. By presenting evidence that underscores the importance of considering the well-being of those responsible for others' safety, the book offers valuable insights for practitioners and researchers alike, contributing to the broader understanding of how organisational aims can be met more effectively in the realm of healthcare and emergency services.
This is an important reference work for scholars, students and practitioners in risk assessment, communications, and the health and emergency services.
Author: Dr. Chris Bennett is an independent Research Psychologist, based in the United Kingdom.
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