Going the Extra Mile: Managers and Supervisors as Moral Agents for Workers with Disability at Two Social Enterprises

Bartram, T, Cavanagh, J, Sim, S, Pariona Cabrera, P and Meacham, H 2018, 'Going the Extra Mile: Managers and Supervisors as Moral Agents for Workers with Disability at Two Social Enterprises', Relations Industrielles/Industrial Relations, vol. 73, no. 4, pp. 728-752.


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Title Going the Extra Mile: Managers and Supervisors as Moral Agents for Workers with Disability at Two Social Enterprises
Author(s) Bartram, T
Cavanagh, J
Sim, S
Pariona Cabrera, P
Meacham, H
Year 2018
Journal name Relations Industrielles/Industrial Relations
Volume number 73
Issue number 4
Start page 728
End page 752
Total pages 25
Publisher Universite Laval - Department of Industrial Relations
Abstract This study examines the ethical management of workers with disability (WWD) employed at two social enterprises in Australia. Viewed largely through the spectrum of institutionally-based conflict in the employment relationship, this study draws on a framework of situated moral agency (Wilcox, 2012) to establish the ways in which WWD are afforded opportunities to engage in work and how managers and supervisors practise situated moral agency at the workplace. A qualitative case study approach is used with 62 participants through semi-structured interviews and focus groups. Key findings demonstrate supervisors constantly have to reshape and reinterpret human resource management (HRM) policies and practices to exercise and extend moral agency. This phenomenon suggests contradictions between moral agency and ethical management practice within current HRM regimes. The key message of the paper is that formal HRM does not always support the ethical management of WWD. We draw implications for management and employment relations theory and practice.
Subject Human Resources Management
Keyword(s) Disability
Ethical management
Human resource management
Moral agency
Social enterprises
DOI - identifier 10.7202/1056975ar
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