Singing with Dignity

Adding Social Quality to Organization Studies on Aging

in The International Journal of Social Quality
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  • 1 Indian Institute of Management Tiruchirappalli (IIMT) vishnu@iimtrichy.ac.in
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Abstract

Scholars of organization studies are right to be concerned with the limited contributions the field has made to public policy despite the societal relevance of the insights it contains. The combination of bulkiness and of insulated pockets of specialization could help explain the relative isolation from policy making that tends to require a combination of speed and multifaceted application. The social quality (SQ) approach is simultaneously an analytical tool and a political project to secure dignity of precarious individuals. The multilevel framework adopted by SQ can effectively channel the wide range of contributions from organization studies in the service of public good. Using an ethnography of music lessons followed by older adults in a cultural institution facing imminent closure because of austerity measures, the article connects SQ work to contributions from organization theory, which can shed light on organizing principles critical to well-being of older persons.

Contributor Notes

Prabhir Vishnu Poruthiyil is Assistant Professor at the Indian Institute of Management Tiruchirappalli (IIMT). He holds a PhD from the Rotterdam School of Management at Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR). He secured his MA in public policy and management from the Institute of Social Studies (ISS) at EUR. His research and teaching research focus is on business ethics, a field of applied ethics encompassing the range of scholarly attempts to formulate morally justified roles for business enterprises in meeting the demands of social justice. Email: vishnu@iimtrichy.ac.in

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