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SA Journal of Industrial Psychology

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SA j. ind. Psychol. vol.34 n.2 Cape Town  2008

 

EMPIRICAL RESEARCH

 

A conceptual framework of integrity

 

 

Antoni BarnardI; Willem SchurinkII; Mariè De BeerI

IDepartment of Industrial and Organisational Psychology, UNISA, South Africa
IIDepartment of Human Resource Management, University of Johannesburg, South Africa

Correspondence

 

 


ABSTRACT

This article reports on the findings of a qualitative study in which the construction of integrity of some business leaders was explored. Data were gathered through ten in-depth interviews with six South African business leaders commended to be champions of integrity. A grounded-theory approach to the data analysis elicited five themes. These themes and their interrelatedness are discussed in this article and a conceptual framework of integrity is proposed. Integrity is conceptualised as a multifaceted and dynamic construct based on a moral foundation and inner drive that is managed by cognitive and affective processes manifesting various integrity-related behaviours.

Keywords: integrity, integrity assessment, qualitative research, grounded theory, business ethics


 

 

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Correspondence:
Antoni Barnard
E-mail: barnaha@unisa.ac.za

 

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