The Ethics Of Conflict Of Interest

18 November, 2021

Dr Matt Beard, ethicist and Program Director of the Vincent Fairfax Fellowship, spoke with Geraldine Doogue for Saturday Extra on the ABC about conflicts of interest.

Matt and Geraldine discussed the mistakes we make when we take it on ourselves to decide if we are conflicted and whether we’re managing it appropriately – overconfidence bias, ethical fading – and why we need to stop thinking that having a conflict of interest with someone reflects poorly on your character.

Being in conflict is a reality when we have multiple roles, relationships and moral commitments. Someone pointing out that you might have a conflict is not attacking you, they’re helping you. Failing to acknowledge you have a conflict is what reflects poorly on your character.

Via the ABC, 13 November 2021

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