Background Note | HBS Case Collection | April 2010 (Revised November 2010)

Moral Decision-Making: Reason, Emotion & Luck

by Michael A. Wheeler and Julianna Pillemer


This extensive note synthesizes current psychological and neuroscientific research on how people make decisions with moral implications. Research summaries and scenarios illustrate critical issues.

Keywords: Decision Making; Moral Sensibility; Leadership; Science; Emotions;


Wheeler, Michael A., and Julianna Pillemer. "Moral Decision-Making: Reason, Emotion & Luck." Harvard Business School Background Note 910-029, April 2010. (Revised November 2010.)