An integrative conceptualization of organizational compassion and organizational justice: A sensemaking perspective

Khuram Shahzad, Alan R. Muller

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)144-158
Number of pages15
JournalBusiness Ethics
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Apr-2016

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