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Jesse Isidor Straus Professor of Business Administration, HBS


People regularly face conflicts in which obeying one moral requirement means transgressing another. Moral conflicts require difficult decisions: a person believes she should take both actions, but doing both is impossible. In this paper, we examine a common form of decision-making for those facing moral conflicts: inaction. Instead of taking any action, people too often respond with procrastination, indecision, avoidance, and evasion.


Barak-Corren, Netta, and Max Bazerman. "Inaction and Decision Making in Moral Conflicts." Organizational Dynamics 49.1 (2020).