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Hybridity, sociomateriality and compassion: What happens when a river floods and a city's organizations respond?

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Stewart Clegg


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In this study we analyze the ethics of compassionate support provided by organizations to their employees during and after the Brisbane flood crisis of January 2011. The relationship between the social and the material is often taken for granted in discussions of compassion, which has largely been conceived as an emotion or an ethical virtue. By contrast, we see it as a variable state that is contingent on phenomenal events, social relations, organizational routines, technology and corporeality. These are entangled in temporal processes in which the ethics of organizing compassion are constituted. When traumatic events occur processes of sociomateriality can substantiate or negate organizational compassion.

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Author(s): Simpson AV, Cunha MP, Clegg SR

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Scandinavian Journal of Management

Year: 2015

Volume: 31

Issue: 3

Pages: 375-386

Print publication date: 01/09/2015

Online publication date: 20/05/2015

Acceptance date: 26/03/2015

ISSN (print): 0956-5221

ISSN (electronic): 1873-3387

Publisher: Pergamon Press


DOI: 10.1016/j.scaman.2015.03.001


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