About the Book

Price: R150,00 (Softcover)

Ebook: R30,00 (PDF)

True Empowerment in the workplace by Ansie Thirion-Fourie, DLitt et Phil The book is based on the author's doctoral thesis and the research she undertook for this purpose. In the Introduction the author explains that it is important that the focus on economic empowerment and its benefits should not overshadow the importance of enhancing all employees' human potential, competencies and performance which in turn will lead to the improved efficiency of organisations. This in turn will have a positive effect on the socio-economic situation in South Africa. It is imperative that management will include all employees in their empowerment strategies, also the previously advantaged. The significance that all employees should experience psychological empowerment is stressed.

The purpose of the book
The first purpose, according to the author is: "To share my experience and knowledge and thereby contribute to the empowerment of employees." The objectives are: To contribute to organisation behaviour science; To create an understanding of what it means to be psychologically empowered; To contribute to positive organisations by advocating strategies that promotes intrinsic motivation. I sincerely hope that this book will contribute to an understanding of what a sense of empowerment means in South African organisations and what is required to achieve true empowerment - psychological empowerment.

Who will benefit from this book and who will read it? The book is directed at organisations, managers, students of management and employees aspiring for achievements and making a difference. A reviewer said: "The knowledge as contained in this book is sorely needed to inform managers in leadership positions as well as employees in organisations in all sectors, and lecturers and students at universities in various disciplines and fields of studies ranging from psychology, sociology, management and economy."

The value of the book
This book contains theoretically backed knowledge and empirically based findings on a topic which affects more or less everyone in the South African society and more specifically all employees and managers of organisations in all sectors of work. It has informative value for people in management positions and employees in all strata of the organisation about empowerment and their role in making it happen. A comprehensive chapter on transformation and organisational development can be regarded as a blueprint when considering implementing a well-planned empowerment strategy. This information will be invaluable to all organisations considering or involved in this process. Reviewer: "The book succeeded in conveying knowledge and understanding about the complex, intricate and many sided nature of psychological empowerment and also formulated recommendations for an empowerment strategy, which can benefit not only the organisation but most importantly the individuals in the organisation - its employees."