Creating more caring organisations
Recently ethical implications of human resource management have intensified the focus on care perspectives in management and organisation studies. Appeals have also been made for the concept of organisational care to be grounded in philosophies of care rather than business theories.
Care perspectives see individuals, especially women, as primarily relational and view work as a means by which people can increase in self-esteem, self-develop and be fulfilled. The ethic of care has received attention in feminist ethics and is often socially construed as a feminine ethic. Although well developed in the caring professions there remains no model or definition of the care ethic in management literature with little care research undertaken. This paper develops the concept of the care ethic using Heidegger’s philosophy, namely, care is fundamental to human being. To show Heideggerian care, an individual notices, pays attention to another and responds in ways to empower and enable.
In a study which aimed to analyse women’s lived experience of career, the authors applied the philosophically grounded methodology hermeneutic phenomenology. Findings revealed the power of Heideggerian care, Sorge, as a key factor in creating meaning. From this, the authors propose that care has potential as a theoretical and philosophically based construct with strong practical implications. It provides a way of understanding the care ethic, lies at the heart of our being, and is essential to meaning in our relationships and undertakings. Crucially, it can provide reprieve from the existential angst that trademarks our being.
Margie J. Elley-Brown & Judith K. Pringle. 2021. Sorge, Heideggerian Ethic of Care: Creating More Caring Organizations.