Accession Number : ADA606146


Title :   Moral and Ethical Decision Making: Literature Review


Descriptive Note : Contract rept.


Corporate Author : HUMANSYSTEMS INC GUELPH (ONTARIO)


Personal Author(s) : Thomson, Michael H ; Adams, Barbara D ; Sartori, Jessica A


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a606146.pdf


Report Date : 08 Aug 2005


Pagination or Media Count : 95


Abstract : This report outlines the Department of National Defence's approach to moral and ethical decision making outlined in the Defence Ethics Program (DEP), and considers the scientific and military research pertaining to moral and ethical decision making. This work discusses the various conceptual definitions of morality and ethics, and explores the Defense Ethics Program in detail. The DEP argues that several factors influence moral and ethical decision making, and these factors are reviewed. Following this, both formal and informal CF training mechanisms that address moral and ethical decision making are explored. In general, our review found that the DEP depicts ethical decision making as a primarily rational linear cognitive process. This stands in contrast to both descriptions of military personnel, as well as current literature that suggests intuition, emotion, culture, and an individual's self-concept will also determine moral and ethical judgements and action. Moreover, efforts to understand moral and ethical decision making must also consider the operational realities that confront the CF in today's military campaigns. These research areas have the potential to promote a complex model of ethical decision making in military operations.


Descriptors :   *DECISION MAKING , *ETHICS , *MILITARY PERSONNEL , CANADA , COGNITION , CONFLICT , CULTURE , EMOTIONS , LITERATURE SURVEYS , MILITARY FORCES(FOREIGN) , MILITARY OPERATIONS , MILITARY RESEARCH , SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH , TRAINING , WARFARE


Subject Categories : Psychology
      Military Forces and Organizations
      Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE