Building an Ethical Framework for Decision Making

Building an Ethical Framework for Decision Making

Joseph Kizza (The University of Tennessee-Chattanooga, USA) and Florence Migga Kizza (The University of Tennessee-Chattanooga, USA)
Copyright: © 2008 |Pages: 19
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59904-379-1.ch003
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Abstract

We closed the last chapter on a note about building a good ethical framework and its central role in securing the information infrastructure. A good ethical framework is essential for good decision making. Decision making is a staple for human beings. As we get more and more dependent on computer technology, we are slowly delegating the right to make rational decisions and the right to reason. In so doing, we are abdicating our responsibilities as human beings. Human autonomy, the human ability to make rational decisions, is the essence of life. If you cannot make personal decisions, based on the principle of duty of care, for your day-to-day living, you may as well be called the living dead. We are focusing on decision making in this chapter and how character education, that is ethics education, and codes of conduct help in creating an ethical framework essential for good decision making.

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