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Mindfulness, Reperceiving, and Ethical Decision Making: A Neurological Perspective

Responsible Leadership and Ethical Decision-Making

ISBN: 978-1-78714-416-3, eISBN: 978-1-78714-415-6

Publication date: 16 May 2017


Recent years have brought significant advances in research on behavioral ethics. However, research on ethical decision making is still in a nascent stage. Our objective in this paper is twofold: First, we argue that the practice of mindfulness may have significant positive effects on ethical decision making in organizations. More specifically, we will discuss the benefits of “reperceiving” – a meta-mechanism in the practice of mindfulness for ethical decision making and we provide an overview of mindfulness research pertaining to ethical decision making. Subsequently, we explore areas in which neuroscience research may inform research on ethics in organizations. We conclude that both neuroscience and mindfulness offer considerable promise to the field of ethical decision making.




Nicola Pless acknowledges the financial support by an internal grant of the University of South Australia for the project “Unlocking the potential of mindfulness for responsible leadership: An investigation into decision making, well-being and cognitive function outcomes” (0000035244).

Declaration of Conflicting Interests

The authors declared no potential conflict of interest with respect to the research, authorship, and/or publication of this paper.


Pless, N., Sabatella, F. and Maak, T. (2017), "Mindfulness, Reperceiving, and Ethical Decision Making: A Neurological Perspective", Responsible Leadership and Ethical Decision-Making (Research in Ethical Issues in Organizations, Vol. 17), Emerald Publishing Limited, Leeds, pp. 1-20.



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