An Integrative Conceptualization of Organizational Compassion and Organizational Justice: A Sensemaking Perspective

15 Pages Posted: 4 Mar 2016

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Khuram Shahzad

University of Management and Technology (UMT), Pakistan - School of Business and Economics

Alan Muller

University of Amsterdam Business School; University of Washington - Michael G. Foster School of Business

Date Written: April 2016

Abstract

Organizational scholars tend to view justice and compassion as incompatible. While both have important functions in organizational life, compassion’s affective elements appear difficult to synthesize with the reasoning and impartiality that underlie the concept of justice. We draw on theoretical arguments from the sensemaking perspective to argue that we can integrate organizational compassion and organizational justice conceptually because both are inherently dynamic processes that rely on emotional and cognitive components, and both are shaped by the social context of the organization. Based on this integrative conceptualization, we propose a construct we call ‘compassionate organizational justice’, in which compassion becomes an integral element of an organization's justice requirements and members’ fairness perceptions, and that those justice perceptions in turn inform future instances of organizational compassion.

Suggested Citation

Shahzad, Khuram and Muller, Alan R., An Integrative Conceptualization of Organizational Compassion and Organizational Justice: A Sensemaking Perspective (April 2016). Business Ethics: A European Review, Vol. 25, Issue 2, pp. 144-158, 2016. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2741943 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/beer.12112

Khuram Shahzad (Contact Author)

University of Management and Technology (UMT), Pakistan - School of Business and Economics ( email )

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Pakistan

Alan R. Muller

University of Amsterdam Business School ( email )

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Netherlands

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University of Washington - Michael G. Foster School of Business ( email )

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