Background Note | HBS Case Collection | July 1991 (Revised March 1992)

Integrity and Management

by Joseph L. Badaracco


Describes the role that issues of personal integrity play in managers' decisions. Defines personal integrity, the factors that influence it, the situations in which it becomes particularly relevant to company decisions, and ways of overcoming the blind spots that can create too personal a focus on decisions. Helps students understand the issues in the context of decision making and action planning.

Keywords: Decisions; Moral Sensibility; Planning; Situation or Environment; Trust; Value;


Badaracco, Joseph L. "Integrity and Management." Harvard Business School Background Note 392-005, July 1991. (Revised March 1992.)