A Narrative Research Design into the Moral Courage of Professionals

  • Marion SmitEmail author
Part of the Ethical Economy book series (SEEP, volume 51)


Narrative research is an appropriate method for studying the constructs and sensemaking of moral courage. Moral courage or speaking up by professionals is needed for maintaining ethical checks and balances in organizations. Personal narratives give the researcher and the researched increased understanding of real-life individual and implicit behavior that encourages moral action by professionals. By reflecting on reasons for morally courageous actions, prototypes and implicit patterns become clearer. These insights fit the focus of a sensemaking-intuitive approach as most current approach to ethical decision-making. Insights from individual narratives can encourage and strengthen the professional in performing his or her much needed ethical role in the organization.


Narrative Ethical decision-making Sensemaking Professional Follower Moral courage 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of Business and EconomicsAmsterdam University of Applied SciencesAmsterdamThe Netherlands

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