Professionals’ Ambivalence toward Ethics in the Nigerian Construction Industry

TitleProfessionals’ Ambivalence toward Ethics in the Nigerian Construction Industry
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2010
AuthorsAmeh, OJ, Odusami, KT
JournalJournal of Professional Issues in Engineering Education & Practice
Volume136
Issue1
Pagination9-16
Type of ArticleArticle
Publication Languageeng
ISBN Number10523928
Accession Number47085820
Keywords& , aspects; , CONSTRUCTION , CORRUPTION; , Design; , ENGINEERING , Engineering; , ethical , ETHICS; , industry; , Moral , NIGERIA; , Personnel; , Practice; , professional , services
AbstractFollowing the growing consensus within and outside the Nigerian construction industry that corruption and other unethical practices are endemic in the industry, coupled with scarce empirical study on professional ethics in the industry, there is a need to examine the perceptions of the professionals regarding ethical issues. This study therefore assesses the perceptions of construction professionals regarding ethical issues in the Nigerian construction industry. The results indicate that there is a decline in unethical practices within the industry compared to the pre-1999 era. The more common form of bribery is financial. Quantity surveyors were perceived as the most susceptible to bribery among the professionals in the industry. The builder/construction manager faces the greatest pressure to act unethically among the professionals in the construction industry. The study recommends that professional institutions should give more priority consideration to ethical discourse at technical sessions, public lectures, and seminars.
NotesAmeh, O. J. 1; Email Address: oameh@unilag.edu.ng Odusami, K. T. 2; Email Address: ktodusami@yahoo.com; Affiliation: 1: Lecturer, Dept. of Building, Univ. of Lagos, Akoka, Yaba, Lagos, 101011 Nigeria (corresponding author) 2: Associate Professor, Dept. of Building, Univ. of Lagos, Akoka, Yaba, Lagos, 101011 Nigeria; Source Info: Jan2010, Vol. 136 Issue 1, p9; Subject Term: PROFESSIONAL ethics; Subject Term: ENGINEERING; Subject Term: ENGINEERING design; Subject Term: CORRUPTION; Subject Term: CONSTRUCTION industry; Subject Term: MORAL & ethical aspects; Subject Term: NIGERIA; Author-Supplied Keyword: Construction industry; Author-Supplied Keyword: Ethics; Author-Supplied Keyword: Nigeria; Author-Supplied Keyword: Professional personnel; Author-Supplied Keyword: Professional practice; Author-Supplied Keyword: Professional services; Number of Pages: 8p; Document Type: Article
DOI10.1061/(asce)1052-3928(2010)136:1(9)
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