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1st Edition

Business Ethics and Care in Organizations

ISBN 9780367140601
Published December 17, 2019 by Routledge
306 Pages

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Book Description

Care is a human ability we all need for growing and flourishing. It implies considering the needs and interests of others, and the quality of how we relate to each other is often defined by care. While the value of care in private life is widely recognized, its role in the public sphere is contested and subject to political debates. In work organizations, instrumentality frequently overrides considerations for colleagues’ and co-workers’ well-being, while relationships are often sacrificed in the service of performance and meeting organizational targets.

The questions this volume attempts to address concerns the organizational conditions that make care flourish and how a caring organization functions in practice. Specifically, we examine what it means to care for each other and what enhances caring behaviours in organizations. The volume ultimately focuses on how caring relations can contribute to making organizations better places. In this perspective, care involves the recognition of, and the limitations of, work as a key aspect of personal and social identity. Because care exceeds the sphere of individual intimacy, the book will also centre on the necessity for building caring institutions through a political process that considers the needs, contributions, and prospects of many different actors.

This book aims to contribute to academic discussions on care in organizations, care work, business and organizational ethics, diversity, caring leadership, well-being in organizations, and research ethics. Managers, consultants, policy-makers, and students will find reflections about the goodness of care in organizations, and guidance about the ethical and practical difficulties of pursuing the project of building caring organizations.

Table of Contents

Part I Overview

1. The Contested Notions and Meaning of Care: An Overview

Marianna Fotaki, Gazi Islam and Anne Antoni

PART II Philosophical Underpinnings and Theories of Care

2. Making People Grow: A New Understanding of Organizational Ethics with Deleuze and Guattari

Viviana Meschitti

3. Between care and justice: David Hume’s accounts of sympathy

Krzysztof Durczak & Maciej Lawrynowicz

4. The Contribution of Simone Weil To The Enrichment Of The Ethics Of Care: Revisiting The Notion Of "Dialogue"

Séverine Le Loarne – Christine Noel – Lemaitre

5. The Dark Side of Work In Organisations: The Lived Experience of Suffering At Work

Parisa Dashtipour, Marianna Fotaki and Benedicte Vidaillet

PART III Organizations Practising Care

6. 'Being Gentle' and Being ‘Firm’: An Extended Vocabulary of Care at Work

Clare Mumford, David Holman, Leo McCann, Maurice Nagington & Laurie Dunn

7. A serious matter: Clowning as an ethical care practice

Katharina Molterer and Patrizia Hoyer

8. Fusing care and control?: HR-Managers’ meanings of care at the workplace

Gabriele Fassauer

9. Unpacking the discourses of ‘caring management’: two cases to explore the conditions of an applied ethics of care

Fiona Ottaviani and Hélène Picard

PART IV Caring Pedagogies

10. Feeling Good and Being Inspired on Campus: A Search for Meaningful Work

Elina Riivari, Virpi Malin, Päivikki Jääskelä , and Teija Lukkari

11. Research impact as care: Re-conceptualizing research impact from an ethics of care perspective

Anne Antoni and Haley Beer

12. Supporting caring teachers in universities: An ethics of care perspective to the teacher-student relationship

Lauren Schrock

13. Do they care the newcomers? Examining organizational reification within socialization processes through the lens of identity work

Sonya Liu

PART V Politics of Care

14. The work inclusion of people with disabilities in the hospitality industry: A process toward a good organisation? Rita Bencivenga and Michela Marchiori

15. Care And Compassion At Work: Theorizing From Indigenous Knowledges

Tyron Rakeiora Love

16. Shifting the care of corporate social responsibility to dynamics of solidarity to redress workplace inequality

Lotte Holck

17. Taking care of everybody?: Alternative forms of organizing, diversity and the caring organization

Regine Bendl, Alexander Fleischmann and Angelika Schmidt

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Marianna Fotaki is a Professor of Business Ethics at Warwick Business School, University of Warwick, UK.

Gazi Islam is Professor of Business Administration at Grenoble Ecole de Management/University of Grenoble Alpes ComUE-IREGE, France.

Anne Antoni is an Assistant Professor to the Department of People, Organizations and Society at Grenoble Ecole de Management/University of Grenoble Alpes ComUE, France.


" especially relevant text considering the current maelstrom of debate in the US over health care and racial justice. Summing Up: Recommended. Graduate students and faculty researchers." - --C. Wankel, St. John's University, New York, CHOICE Review