Morality in Learning Organisations LO17971

Ed Brenegar (
Mon, 4 May 1998 07:57:50 +0100

Replying to LO17946 --


Thanks for this posting on ethics. What struck me first off was that
while they are applied in the job context, that they really are
appropriate for how communities should work.

Here are the lists:

>Principle of Honesty (do not deceive)
>Principle of Harm (do not harm others)
>Principle of Fidelity (keep promises and act faithfully)
>Principle of Autonomy (permit and encourage others to act rationally)
>Principle of Confidentiality (keep confidential information in proper


>They then list the following Moral Rights:
>Right to know
>Right to privacy
>Right to free expression
>Right to due process
>Right to safety
>Right to own property
>Right to make a profit
>Rights of future generations

I see an interplay here between organizations and their communities. Each
impacts the other through the cultural norms which are accepted. What if
the organization wants to embrace these moral rights, and the community in
which it exists does not value those rights? How should these ethical
principles and moral rights become part of the identity of the

What is driving this for me is the realization that it is often not enough
just to turn your organization into a learning organization. That the
community environment impacts the ability of an organization to make that
change. In some cases, LOs have to address issues in their community in
order to address them within their organization. These two lists help in
identifying some of the attitudes and behaviors which should be addressed.

Ed Brenegar
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