Summary of Key Findings and Conclusions

Based on the individual case analyses, together with the cross-case analysis, the main findings that emerge from this research study may be summarized as follows:

Although all four projects can be viewed as dealing with issues that have ethical or moral dimensions exemplified by value conflicts, project members tended not to see these issues as ethical ones. Cognitive models of decision making (e.g., Jones, 1991; Rest, 1986) emphasize moral awareness as an essential first key step in the ethical decision-making process. Our findings, however, suggest that in organizational settings, these personal value conflicts are interpreted through the lens of the organization's culture and business ...

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