Article | 10th QMOD Conference. Quality Management and Organiqatinal Development. Our Dreams of Excellence; 18-20 June; 2007 in Helsingborg; Sweden | The Theology of Values in Policy Making

Title:
The Theology of Values in Policy Making
Author:
Donald K. Gates: Macquarie University, Australia Peter Steane: Southern Cross University, Australia
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Year:
2007
Conference:
10th QMOD Conference. Quality Management and Organiqatinal Development. Our Dreams of Excellence; 18-20 June; 2007 in Helsingborg; Sweden
Issue:
026
Article no.:
017
No. of pages:
8
Publication type:
Abstract and Fulltext
Published:
2008-02-15
Series:
Linköping Electronic Conference Proceedings
ISSN (print):
1650-3686
ISSN (online):
1650-3740
Publisher:
Linköping University Electronic Press; Linköpings universitet


Perhaps one of the earliest tasks of any new executive or policymaker is to establish decision-making strategies. Payne et al (1993) have outlined a repertoire of strategies for policymakers to employ. Each strategy processes advantages and disadvantages related to different decision tasks. Individual policymakers select from these strategies by trading off their relative advantages and disadvantages. They consider the use of multi decision strategies to be ‚Äúan adaptive response of a limited-capacity information processor to the demands of complex decision tasks‚ÄĚ (Payne et al.; 1993; p. 1).

This paper considers many of the rational activities that control decision-making to involve decisions requiring a choice between altruism and egoism as well as those involving issues of social justice. There are four distinct ambiguities that are faced in these decisions. Our argument is that many policy decisions deal with the first two ambiguities; but do not deal with ambiguities than pertain to leadership and inequality. These cause a tension between values. Aquinas categorized the tension between values as being social and egalitarian (Aquinas; 1955/1929). Likewise; twenty-first century executives are faced with the dilemma of reconciling Christian values with policy decisions of an economic rationalistic nature.

Keywords: Altruism; ambiguities of justice; economic rationalism; policymaking; theology; value systems

10th QMOD Conference. Quality Management and Organiqatinal Development. Our Dreams of Excellence; 18-20 June; 2007 in Helsingborg; Sweden

Author:
Donald K. Gates, Peter Steane
Title:
The Theology of Values in Policy Making
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10th QMOD Conference. Quality Management and Organiqatinal Development. Our Dreams of Excellence; 18-20 June; 2007 in Helsingborg; Sweden

Author:
Donald K. Gates, Peter Steane
Title:
The Theology of Values in Policy Making
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