In Search of Virtue: The Role of Virtues, Values and Character Strengths in Ethical Decision Making

Journal of Business Ethics 113 (4):567-581 (2013)

Abstract
We present a comprehensive model that integrates virtues, values, character strengths and ethical decision making (EDM). We describe how a largely consequentialist ethical framework has dominated most EDM scholarship to date. We suggest that reintroducing a virtue ethical perspective to existing EDM theories can help to illustrate deficiencies in existing decision-making models, and suggest that character strengths and motivational values can serve as natural bridges that link a virtue framework to EDM in organizations. In conjunction with the more fully formulated extant research on situational determinants, we present and discuss our model that introduces a virtue based orientation to EDM
Keywords Character strengths  Ethical decision making  Virtues  Values
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DOI 10.1007/s10551-013-1680-8
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