Background Note | HBS Case Collection | October 2003 (Revised April 2006)

Moral Reasoning: A Practical Guide for Leaders

by Sandra J. Sucher


We encounter moral or ethical challenges in our professional lives, in our close relationships, and as members of the broader communities that we are part of. This methodology demonstrates how moral reasoning works and how it can be integrated into a problem-solving format. It is meant to supplement problem-solving skills that you already have with a systematic approach to use with moral or ethical problems. The methodology provides a structure for addressing issues and lays out some criteria to augment others you would ordinarily rely on for decision making, action planning, and implementation.

Keywords: Decision Making; Moral Sensibility; Management Systems; Problems and Challenges; Civil Society or Community;


Sucher, Sandra J. "Moral Reasoning: A Practical Guide for Leaders." Harvard Business School Background Note 604-054, October 2003. (Revised April 2006.)