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Compassion at Work: Part 3 of 3

June 19, 2013 636

In conclusion of our series this week, we’re pleased to present three good reasons why managers and scholars will benefit from making compassionate organizing a part of their lives.

Jane E. Dutton and Kristina M. Workman, experts on compassion, organizations, and leadership from the University of Michigan, published a commentary on the classic article by the late Peter J. Frost of the University of British Columbia, “Why Compassion Counts!,” in the Journal of Management Inquiry:

UntitledWe approach this essay with three goals in mind, all focused on elaborating how compassion is a generative force. By generative, we mean that compassion as an idea opens up new vistas, expands resources, and creates new insights. It is a force in the sense that it propels and motivates action. Given these definitions, we hope this essay achieves three goals. First, we aspire to celebrate the generative capacity of compassion by illustrating the wisdom and insight contained in compassion stories, and in particular in one of Peter’s compassion stories. Second, we invite reflection on the meaning of being a compassionate scholar JMI_72ppiRGB_150pixwthrough immersion in stories about Peter left by his colleagues after he died. Third, we discuss how compassion alters our focus, our work, and our imagination in organizational studies. Together, we hope all three angles on how compassion counts celebrate the contribution that Peter’s article is continuing to make in our field and in our lives.

Click here to read “Commentary on ‘Why Compassion Counts!’: Compassion as a Generative Force” in the Journal of Management Inquiry, and here to read the original essay by Peter J. Frost.

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