Plan for Moral and Ethical Decision-Making Program of Research

Plan du Programme de Recherche sur la Prise de Décisions Morales et Éthiques (PDME)


  1. Thomson, M.H.
  2. Adams, B.D.
  3. Waldherr, S.
Corporate Authors
Defence R&D Canada - Toronto, Toronto ONT (CAN);Humansystems Inc, Guelph ONT (CAN)
DRDC Toronto has an ongoing commitment to investigating moral and ethical decision-making (MEDM) in Canadian Forces (CF) operations. Several projects had been previously funded through the Technology Investment Fund (TIF) awarded to the research team from the Command Effectiveness and Behaviour (CEB) section. This work has recently been extended into a 3-year Applied Research Program to further explore MEDM in operational contexts. This report proposes research ideas that could be explored in the context of this 3-year Applied Research Program (ARP). This research agenda is driven by two compatible motives: (1) to remain systematic and theory oriented and (2) to contribute to the CF’s operational readiness in the domain of MEDM. The work on this research plan began with brainstorming a wide range of topics relevant to moral and ethical decision-making. Many of these topics derived from previous research exploring MEDM (Thomson, Adams, & Sartori, 2005; Thomson, Adams, & Sartori, 2006a; Thomson & Adams, 2007) and from focus group discussions with the DRDC Toronto MEDM Team. These research areas included person-based factors, team factors, contextual factors, situational factors, judgement and decision-making, emotion, and moral motivation and behaviour. Based on this initial “mapping” of the target domain, these broad areas were then narrowed to several focal areas, based on the following criteria: 1) their ability to contribute to the operational effectiveness of Canadia

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moral and ethical decision-making;Canadian Forces (CF) operations;potential research questions;expected outcomes;operational effectiveness
Report Number
DRDC-TORONTO-CR-2007-027 — Contractor Report
Date of publication
01 Feb 2007
Number of Pages
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