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Operationalizing and Incorporating Ethical Considerations Into a Tool for Multi-Criteria Decision Making
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Computer and Systems Sciences.
2016 (English)In: International Journal of Multicriteria Decision Making, ISSN 2040-106X, E-ISSN 2040-1078Article in journal (Refereed) In press
Abstract [en]

In this study, an existing method for ethical analysis was extended by adding aspects of human rights and global distributional issues as framed by the United Nations (UN) Universal Declaration on Human Rights (UDHR) and the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). A procedure for incorporating these issues together with environmental, safety and cost considerations into a decision-making framework using multi-criteria decision analysis (MCDA) was devised. This includes a scoring system to convert qualitative ethical issues into semi- quantitative issues. The refined framework tool was tested in an illustrative case on the destruction of ammunition. The results showed that the extended framework for ethical analysis added value, for example as a way of highlighting ethical considerations in decision-making. Use of the DecideIT software with its integrated MCDA improved the analysis by allowing for uncertain and imprecise values and estimations. The illustrative case results indicated that a combined alternative including recycling of metals and energetic materials had clear advantages over open detonation.

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Ethics, multi-criteria decision analysis, scoring, environmental management, hazardous materials, imprecise information
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Information Systems
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Computer and Systems Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-136809OAI: diva2:1056847
Available from: 2016-12-15 Created: 2016-12-15 Last updated: 2016-12-19

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