Searching answers for dignity, knowledge and engagement in a Worker Cooperative Society

Ms. Soumya G. Rajan, Dr. Prof. G.D. Bino Paul
2021 IIMB Management Review  
Attempting to learn dignity standing in an era manifested by easy confrontations of human rights with ‗justified' arguments has been my prime challenge as a researcher. The broad contour of an individual's concept of dignity seems to have been drawn from the underlying socio-cultural-political milieu which influences to condition thought processes. The meaning-making journey of the actor in an organization begins within his bounds in rationality and extends to the structures which construct or
more » ... e-mystify dignity. The paper explores key concerns on dignity raised by social theorists and the answers which meaningful work, knowledge, cooperation and engagement render. The exchanges within the organization, the capabilities that get built in the process and the continuous interactions with his environment model stances on what constitutes dignity. The case ecosystem of ABC House* exemplifies layers of such exchanges and how they fittingly reply some concerns. As dignity translates to an actor's self worth through knowledge and meaningful work, the broad canvass of the organization recognises human capabilities in contributing and making sense of the diverse functionings. The embedded design of this Case Study attempts to decipher engagement within the structure through the insights of the critical actors who exemplify agency. * The original case ecosystem has been kept anonymous owing to privacy reasons.
doi:10.1016/j.iimb.2021.03.008 fatcat:yfqxopq4treqhj5a5jgiktbzby