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Journal of Business Ethics

, Volume 58, Issue 1–3, pp 125–136 | Cite as

Integrity as a Business Asset

  • Daryl Koehn
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Abstract.

In this post-Enron era, we have heard much talk about the need for integrity. Today’s employees perceive it as being in short supply. A recent survey by the Walker Consulting Firm found that less than half of workers polled thought their senior leaders were people of high integrity. To combat the perceived lack of corporate integrity, companies are stressing their probity. This stress is problematic because executives tend to instrumentalize the value of integrity. This paper argues that integrity needs to be better defined because the current mode of talking about the subject is misleading. The paper considers three traditions’ understanding of the idea of integrity, argues that integrity is intrinsically valuable, and concludes with some reflections on the way in which integrity, properly understood, functions as a business asset.

Keywords

integrity compassion prudence asset 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Cullen Chair in Business Ethics & Executive Director of the Center for Business EthicsUniversity of St. ThomasHoustonUSA

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