Journal of Business Ethics

, Volume 105, Issue 1, pp 131–137 | Cite as

Empathy, Connectedness and Organisation

  • Kathryn PavlovichEmail author
  • Keiko Krahnke


In this paper, we conceptually explore the role of empathy as a connectedness organising mechanism. We expand ideas underlying positive organisational scholarship and examine leading-edge studies from neuroscience and quantum physics that give support to our claims. The perspective we propose has profound implications regarding how we organise and how we manage. First, we argue that empathy enhances connectedness through the unconscious sharing of neuro-pathways that dissolves the barriers between self and other. This sharing encourages the integration of affective and cognitive consciousness which facilitates the ability to find common ground for solution building. Second, empathy enhances connectedness through altruistic action. In giving to others, feelings of joy and harmony are activated. This in turn allows personal freedom to be enriched and transcendence from the rational ego-self is reduced to develop a more expansive, integrated and enlightened state underlying connectedness. Finally, empathy enhances connectedness which results in sharing the quantum field of coherence where there is little separation between self and other. This means living beyond self-interest in a coherent world based upon interdependent wholeness rather than atomization and separation. Empathy allows us to find that state of coherent connectedness.


Connectedness Empathy Interdependence Organisation Quantum 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Strategy and Human Resource ManagementUnviersity of Waikato Management SchoolHamiltonNew Zealand
  2. 2.Montford College of BusinessUniversity of Northern ColoradoGreerlyUSA

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