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A conceptual framework of integrity

Antoni Barnard, Willem Schurink, Mariè de Beer
SA Journal of Industrial Psychology | Vol 34, No 2 | a427 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/sajip.v34i2.427 | © 2008 Antoni Barnard, Willem Schurink, Mariè de Beer | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 10 April 2008 | Published: 23 October 2008

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Antoni Barnard, University of South Africa, South Africa
Willem Schurink, University of Johannesburg
Mariè de Beer, UNISA, South Africa

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This article reports on the fndings 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 fve 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.


integrity; integrity assessment; qualitative research; grounded theory; business ethics


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