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

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  • Mary Crossan

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  • Daina Mazutis

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  • Gerard Seijts

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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. Copyright Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2013

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  • Mary Crossan & Daina Mazutis & Gerard Seijts, 2013. "In Search of Virtue: The Role of Virtues, Values and Character Strengths in Ethical Decision Making," Journal of Business Ethics, Springer, vol. 113(4), pages 567-581, April.
  • Handle: RePEc:kap:jbuset:v:113:y:2013:i:4:p:567-581
    DOI: 10.1007/s10551-013-1680-8
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