Normal compassion: A framework for compassionate decision making

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Journal of Business Ethics, 2014, 119 (4), pp. 473 - 491
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In this empirical paper, we present a model of the dynamic legitimizing processes involved in the receiving and giving of compassion. We focus on the idea of being `worthy of compassion and show how ideas on giving and receiving compassion are highly contestable. Recognition of a worthy recipient or giver of compassion constitutes a socially recognized claim to privilege, which has ethical managerial and organizational implications. We offer a model that assists managers in fostering ethical strength in their performance by encouraging reflection on the ethical complexity involved in compassion relations. The model emphasizes the dynamics of both the givers and receivers of compassion and so can also be used by organizations to both assess how others may view the legitimacy of their compassion relations and also to develop a positive organizational ethic of compassionate conduct. Dear Authors, We are pleased to inform you that the Senior Editor for Special Issues of the Journal of Business Ethics has reviewed and accepted your paper for inclusion in the Special Issue on Positive Organizational Ethics. We thank you for your patience during the extended review process. "The dynamics of compassion: A framework for compassionate decision making" makes an important contribution to the Special Issue. Given an additional revision round for some authors, we expect the issue to go into production this summer. All the best, Leslie, Debbie, and Lindsey
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