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Integrity in Business: Definition and Issues
Elwin Poortman, Analyst, Netherlands, Premium Member
The concepts of integrity, morality and ethics might seem similar, but not they're not the same. Jensen (2009) explains the 3 concepts as follows:
- INTEGRITY: A state or condition of being whole, complete, unbroken, unimpaired, sound or in perfect condition.
- ETHICS: In a given group, ethics is agreed upon standards of what is desirable and undesirable, of right and wrong conduct, of what is considered by that group as good and bad behaviour of a person or entity that is a member of the group, and may include defined bases for discipline, including exclusion.
- MORALITY: In a given society, in a given era of that society, morality is the generally-accepted standards of what is desirable and undesirable; of right and wrong conduct, and what is considered by that society as good or bad behaviour of a person, group or entity.
The author states that integrity is defined as ‘our model to honouring our word’. It is...