Emergent organizational capacity for compassion

  • Madden L
  • Duchon D
  • Madden T
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Abstract

Our model of emergent organizational capacity for compassion proposes that organizations can develop the capacity for compassion without formal direction. Relying on a framework from complexity science, we describe how the system conditions of agent diversity, interdependent roles, and social interactions enhance the likelihood of self-organizing around an individual response to a pain trigger. When agents then modify their roles to incorporate compassionate responding, their interactions amplify responses, changing the system, and a new order emerges: organizational capacity for compassion. In this new order the organization's structure, culture, routines, and scanning mechanisms incorporate compassionate responding and can influence future responses to pain triggers. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]
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Authors

  • Laura T. Madden

  • Dennis Duchon

  • Timothy M. Madden

  • Donde Ashmos Plowman

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