The Genesis of Integrity: Values and Virtues Illuminated in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam



Integrity in Organizations: Building the Foundations for Humanistic Management, pp. 307-344, December 2013


Editorial Board of Review completed its peer review of more than 80 chapter proposals for this volume and rated this highest rated of all proposals. This chapter examines common values of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam and their relevance to ethical workplace behavior. These global religions provide the genesis of integrity as part of ones character, made up of discrete virtues, with a focus on “What type of person ought we be?” They describe requirements for everyday interactions, including business transactions, guiding development of integrity amongst organizational stakeholders forming a foundation for moral character when confronting and resolving challenges in the workplace about right and wrong. We examine their collectively proscribed values of mutual responsibility of employers and employees, dignity of work, a just wage, honest marketplace behavior, integrity of buying and selling, usury and interest, environmental stewardship, social justice and social responsibility. The chapter concludes with insights from the wisdom of these traditions to foster integration of moral beliefs with behavioral integrity.

Susan Case