Early Career Professional

Ethical Decision-Making for Public Officials

As public officials, ethical issues and dilemmas are to us what water is like to fish: they are all around us. But although important and ubiquitous, they are also often the issues that we find hardest to notice and to talk about openly. Public officials may be reluctant to engage in ethical reasoning because they lack the conceptual tools to do so, or they find the issues too controversial or uncomfortable to discuss.
Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy National University of Singapore 469C Bukit Timah Road Singapore 259772

Mon 25 July 2016 to Wed 27 July 2016

12:00 AM - 12:00 AM

Sat 25 June 2016

In the programme, participants will learn about:

  • The often conflicting and contradictory principles of good governance and ethics management
  • How public values, good governance and ethics/integrity management relate to one another in a public sector context
  • The psychology of ethical (or unethical) decision-making and the conditions under which we are more (or less likely) to make ethical decisions
  • Analytic and interpretive strategies that you can use to make sense of ethical issues

Participants will also be able to:

  • Make sense of the often complex moral dimensions of public policy
  • Use the widely recognised seven-step approach to ethical decision-making
  • Employ structured moral reasoning when faced with a real-life ethical dilemmas
  • Develop an authentic moral position to a problem or dilemma with ethical dimensions


Executive Education Department
Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy
National University of Singapore
469C Bukit Timah Road, Singapore 259772

Tel: (65) 6516 7559/ (65) 65161032
Fax: (65) 6872 9291

Application Deadline:25 Jun 2016

Day 1 focuses on managing workplace dilemmas and ethical decision making at the individual level. We will deal with conflicts and pressures between personal and professional values, ethical leadership and ethical decision making, and personal integrity. Participants will become familiar with the widely recognised 7-steps approach to decision making through a variety of tailored case studies (written and video).

Day 2 focuses on how agencies and institutions can enhance their ethical capabilities.We will deal with integrity management structures, difference and relation between compliance-based and values-based approaches to integrity, and how strategies have to be aligned with and fine-tuned to different types of integrity violations such as
corruption, nepotism, fraud, workplace bullying, and conflict of interest.

Day 3 focuses on how countries achieve good governance and eradicate unethical behaviour at all levels. More and less successful examples and best practices will be shared with the participants, pertaining to anti-corruption agencies and institutional efforts to produce consistent good governance. Countries and regions will be compared and we will pay attention to the role of context and culture which have to be taken into account for any country-wide strategy to be successful.



Professor Zeger van der Wal

Assistant Dean (Research) & Associate Professor, LKY School

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Dr. Leong Ching

Deputy Director (IWP) & Assistant Professor, LKY School

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Donald Low

Associate Dean (Executive Education & Research) & Associate Professor (Practice), Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy

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