Augmenting the Limitations of Organizational Compassion with Wisdom and Power: Insights from Bhutan

Publisher:
Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management (ANZAM)
Publication Type:
Conference Proceeding
Citation:
2014, pp. 1 - 19 (19)
Issue Date:
2014-12-16
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Compassionate organizational practices emphasizing human dignity and wellbeing within the workplace have been identified as underpinning a great number of organizational benefits. These include enhanced employee engagement, commitment, loyalty, trust and productivity, along with reduced absenteeism and turnover. Drawing upon insights on administrative compassion in Bhutan, I suggest that it is a folly to single out compassion on its own as the source of positive organizational outcomes. I argue that additional qualities of phronesis or wisdom and understanding of the workings of power are equally crucial. Indeed, without these additional attributes, compassion can be sentimental and misguided, indicating a lack of judgment that increases suffering.
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